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Sundance Vacations Opens New Call Center in Scranton, PA PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:59

 Sundance Vacations Opens New Office in Scranton PA

Sundance Vacations’ continues on the growth path by opening up a new call center in Scranton, PA. This location was particularly well suited as a new office since it was previously a call center. Because of this, the company was already a few steps closer to adding the finishing touches than they normally would have been when moving into a new call center.

The entire team chipped in to make sure the office would be open before Easter, with 28 call seats ready to set appointments over two different shifts! George Rizkalla is the day-shift manager and comes to us from IMS in Scranton where he was the GM. George happened to have owned a call center before so he will be a tremendous asset. Jill Kotlowski has been promoted to the evening manager, having come form the QAR manager role to fill the spot. Congratulations to both George and Jill!

Sundance Vacations Scranton Call Center Managers

Sundance Vacations Scranton Call Center Managers seem to like their new digs …

Christina Allen, who worked with Jill for many years, had a few comments: “I am so proud of Jill and wish her the best of luck on her promotion! I know she will do an incredible job as our Scranton manager. I remember the day that she started training as a QAR manager and how eager she was to learn and make sure she did a great job. That’s exactly what she did!”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:17
 
Sundance Vacations Selected as one of Best Places to Work in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 15:23

 Sundance Vacations - Selected as one of the Best Places to Work in IL

Sundance Vacations, a wholesale vacation company with offices across Illinois, New Jersey, Washington DC, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, continues to set the bar high when it comes to creating the best-of-the-best in working environments.

The most recent milestone set by Sundance Vacations is being selected as one of the 2014 Best Places to Work in Illinois.
 
This latest business accomplishment comes on the heels of Sundance being selected as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey.
 
The distinction of being one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois has been bestowed upon Sundance's office in Downers Grove, Illinois.
 
The ranking of the 65 Best Places to Work in Illinois will be unveiled at an awards ceremony Tuesday, May 12, 2014, at the Marriott Chicago Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, Illinois. The Business Ledger will publish a special issue profiling the companies selected as the Best Places to Work in Illinois on June 23 and coverage also will be provided by its parent publication, The Daily Herald. 
 
"We are humbled and honored to be selected as one of the best places to work in Illinois. This is a true testament to the high standards set by the employees at our Downers Grove office," said Tina Dowd, co-founder of Sundance Vacations.
 
In addition to earning the distinction of being one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois, Sundance Vacations also will receive the Employee Feedback Report. The in-depth report will come under separate cover from the Best Companies Group and will be sent in May. 
 
The Employee Feedback Report is a summarized analysis of Sundance Vacations' employees' responses to the 78-question internal Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey. The report is rich with information that can be used by Sundance Vacations to identify areas where it is doing well and where there are opportunities to improve. The report also includes employee comments from two open-ended questions on the employee survey, as well as state benchmarking data. The Employee Feedback Report served as an extremely valuable tool in compiling the Best Places to Work in Illinois.
 
"On behalf of The Business Ledger and its marketing partners: the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago and the Best Companies Group - we say congratulations to Sundance Vacations," said Katie Smith, program coordinator. 
 
Sundance Vacations also was one of 38 large companies to be selected as of of the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey by the publication NJBIZ. The companies will be ranked at a special awards dinner to be held May 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. The ceremony will recognize and congratulate each winning company for being dedicated to employees' growth and quality of life. 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 15:48
 
Sundance Vacations Named as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:54

 Sundance Vacations - 100 Best Places to Work in NJ

The most recent business distinction attained by Sundance Vacations is being selected by NJBIZ as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey. Sundance Vacations' New Jersey office is located in Parsippany.
 
"This coveted designation is determined after garnering information from employee and employer surveys and analyzing company policies, practices philosophies and demographics," according to Susan Alexander of NJBIZ.
 
Sundance Vacations was one of 38 large companies selected for this achievement. This wholesale vacation business was the only travel/vacation company to be selected. Sundance Vacations is competing for the highest ranking with myriad other businesses including such fields as technology, engineering, banking, pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate, automotive, retail, accounting and health care, among others.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 12:01
 
Sundance Vacations: Benefits of Travel - Vacations help you to Recharge, Re-energize PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 09:48

 Sundance Vacations Benefits of Travel

The positive benefits associated with travel and vacationing are well-documented.

In survey after survey going back decades, when consumers are asked to prioritize what is important to them, vacation travel is at the top of the list. Most will agree that the spare dollar usually goes toward taking a vacation.
 
Vacations go a long way in helping people to rejuvenate, re-energize and recharge which, in turn, help them to regain their creativity and motivation. Additionally, vacationers also appreciate the fact that travel fosters togetherness and builds lasting family bonds.
 
The list of benefits generated by vacationing are seemingly endless. The positives connected with travel include health benefits, enjoying life, embracing new cultures, improving social skills, reducing stress, career and productivity benefits, as well as relationship, educational and cultural benefits, among many more. 
 
Needless to day, traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular day-to-day lifestyle. On top of that, vacationing provides ample time for rest and relaxation and also creates a conduit that fosters memories that will last a lifetime.
 
Sundance Vacations, a wholesale travel company, offers a variety of avenues to travel when it comes vacations. Whether it's the continental United States or travel abroad, Sundance offers an array of affordable vacation packages for destinations across the globe. Sundance Vacations has offices in Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Parsippany, New Jersey; Washington, D.C., and Downers Grove, Illinois, as well as the marketing offices in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Tamaqua and Shamokin
 
"At Sundance Vacations, we firmly believe the positive benefits of traveling far outweigh the minuses. We take pride in helping people to recharge by offering discount vacations for people of all income levels. Vacationing is a cur-all for all that ails you," said Tina Dowd, co-founder of Sundance Vacations.
 
It's no secret that traveling is not only for the young, it's also for the young-at-heart. The Global Commission on Aging and and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, has released research that shows travel offers the same sort of physical and cognitive benefits as crossword puzzles and museum visits. 
 
The study also revealed the following:
  • Women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year.
  • Men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20 percent higher risk of death and about a 30 percent greater risk of death from heart disease.
  • Benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89 percent of respondents saw significant drops in stress.
The study also noted that 59 percent of Americans dream of traveling during their retirement and that the most memorable trips are those spent with family and friends. 
 
And, yes, researchers did account for factors such as income levels and pre-existing poor health.
 
Mark Twain may have summed it up best when he said: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
 
Even if you live in a vibrant city and have an exciting job, nothing can replace the unique experience traveling and vacationing offers. Remember, you only live once, so passing up a chance to travel is tantamount to passing up a life-altering experience.
 
Traveling is known to provide people with a whole new perspective, whether that means no longer sweating the small stuff or promising to get out there and meet new people upon returning home. Traveling remains an appealing form of escape. In the  dead of winter, with a foot os snow awaiting you outside your front door, what could be more tantalizing than a warm weather and swimming in the deep blue waters of Jamaica or Bermuda? Simply put, the attraction of the activities that are impossible to enjoy in your hometown make a trip all that more worthwhile.
 
Whether you need to take a few weeks off to avoid the stress of work or need time off to contemplate where your life is headed, traveling should be you answer. At least once in your life you should leave everything on pause and go somewhere. anywhere. Though it may not be obvious while you're sitting at home, the knowledge acquired from traveling is in valuable. 
 
In summation, travel offers myriad benefits:
  • It allows you the opportunity to disconnect from your regular day-to-day lifestyle.
  • It offers you a chance to relax, relieve stress and recharge your batteries.
  • It provides new experiences and increases your resourcefulness.
  • It creates fond memories that last a lifetime and create strong family bonds.
  • It increases your knowledge and widens your perspective.
  • It offers a time for reflection and introspection.

If you're in the market for a much-needed vacation, remember to plan ahead by researching hotels, rental properties and must-see sites before departure. Sundance Vacations can help you with every aspect of planning that special vacation and has a complete listing of Sundance Vacations destinations

Once you've reached your destination, remember that sacrificing cheap thrills for the real deal is well worth it, but not when it comes to tourist traps (places that are simply overpriced and overhyped with little cultural value. 
 
However, the most important thing is to keep an open mind. Traveling is a luxury, so make the most of it. 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:16
 
Sundance Vacations Launches "Sole Survivor" Fitbit Wellness Program PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 March 2014 12:44

 Sundance Vacations Sole Survivor Wellness Program

Sundance Vacations, a wholesale vacations company with offices in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Northeastern PA, and beyond, firmly believes that healthy workers prove to be more productive workers.

With that in mind, Sundance Vacations has launched its most recent project that promotes the "healthy body-healthy mind" theory, which ultimately leads to more enthusiastic and more productive employees. The effects are two-fold since it benefits the company, as well as the overall health of employees in the long run.

The latest Sundance endeavor is aptly named "Sole Survivor," which is a company-wide SPIFF (Special Performance Incentive For Fun) that encourages employees to engage in a healthy activity and, at the same time, have a chance to win myriad prizes.

Breaking it down, "Sole Survivor" basically calls upon participating employees to walk more. That's right, it all boils down to taking more steps on a daily basis. Of course, each step will be counted and this will be accomplished by wearing a FitBit Zip. The FitBit Zip is an apparatus you can wear on your belt, carry in your pocket or clip it on your shirt.

The Zip will track the number of steps you take, the distance you cover, the number of calories you burn and the time of day. The Zip automatically synchronizes your data to your personal computer, Smartphone or tablet for real-time statistics twenty-four hours a day.

FitBit Zips are available to all employees who agree to participate in the "Sole Survivor" walking program and complete a minimum of 200,000 steps in the first month. The retail cost of a Zip is $59, but Sundance is providing free Zips to employees who sign up for the contest.

"The average sedentary office worker walks an average of 5,000 steps per day. Our goal is to increase that activity to 10,000 steps per day," said Tina Dowd, co-founder of Sundance Vacations. "FitBit reporting will calculate our total steps as a company and provide a ranking of the top employees who will reap the rewards in the form of interesting prizes."

Prizes include T-shirts, gift cards and much more.

However, participating employees will, no doubt, be vying for the ultimate prize. Seven, two-person teams will travel as finalists to Hilton Head, South Carolina, in November for a three-night stay. The top prize also will include paid time off, airfare, accommodations, meals and several guided walks (which is appropriate since that's what the contest is all about).

To be eligible for the free FitBit Zip and to participate for the bigger prizes, employees must:

1) Provide an e-mail in order to receive an invitation to join the Sundance Vacations' private group.

2) Join the group.

3) Walk a minimum of 200,000 steps. 

 

Although fitbit.com tracks manually adjusted steps and other workouts, manual adjustments will not be counted toward prizes.

"The impetus for the Sole Survivor walking program is similar to that of the smoke-out project we conducted in 2013 and that is to instill and encourage a a healthy mind-set in our employees," Dowd emphasized. "Wellness programs like these  go a long way in helping our employees to be more productive and, more importantly, to be much healthier."

The actual starting date for the "Sole Survivor' contest will be announced in the very near future.

The company-wide SPIFF is open to employees at all Sundance Vacations' locations including Wilkes-Barre, King of Prussia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Parsippany, New Jersey; Washington, D.C., and Downers Grove, Illinois, as well as the marketing offices in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Tamaqua and Shamokin. 

So, "step" up to the plate, sign up and get ready to compete in Sundance Vacations' "Sole Survivor" project.   

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 12:19
 
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