SALES SUPPORT NETWORK is expanding its national leadership
structure by appointing a third regional manager and approving a
new chapter in Mobile, Ala. OSSN named Jeff Grieder, a home-based
agent who directs the OSSN Houston Chapter, as the association's
new Midwest regional manager. Grieder will support OSSN agents
across 14 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
VACATION.COM says hotels are filling up
fast for its ninth annual International Conference and Trade Show,
to be held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans from June
27 to July 1. Vacation.com said it selected New Orleans in a show
of support for the city that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in
2005. To register online, visit www.agentnet.com, click on "training" and
follow the "Vacation.com 9th International Conference & Trade
Show" link. One complimentary registration is provided for U.S.
member agencies and additional registrants can be added for $129
each. "We are projecting more than 1,500 travel agent participants
and an additional 300 supplier delegates for this year's
conference," said Lauraday Kelley, vice president of education and
AGENTS in Massachusetts should be aware that a bill
introduced into the state House of Representatives would require
each of the state's travel agencies to post a $250,000 surety bond
or cease selling travel. The lead sponsor is Rep. Robert Correia.
The measure does not mention home-based agents. Even if at-home
agents could be covered by the bond of a host agency, some
independent agents are not affiliated with any brick-and-mortar
agency, and others are affiliated with a host in another state.
Irene Ross, ASTA's New England chapter president, said such a law
would make it difficult or impossible for small agencies and
independent contractors to stay in business. She said her ASTA
chapter would soon send a blitz mailing to members urging them to
write letters to their representatives and to Rep. Ronald Mariano,
chairman of the joint committee on financial services, where the
proposal is pending.
HARBOR HOTEL AND MARINA issued a special invitation to
home-based agents in the Newport, R.I., area to attend the
property's grand opening celebration on May 17 and 18. Organizers
said agents (and one guest each) can experience the hotel during a
free night's stay, attend a local trade show and participate in
tours of the area. Sign up by visiting www.newporthotel.com and click "Reservations." The
group code is 0705ETRAVC.
FAM OF THE
Trip: An Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip from
Koper, Slovenia, visiting Kotor, Montenegro, and Dubrovnik,
Korcula, Ploce, Pula, Split and Zadar, Croatia.
Departure: June 24 from Koper, cruise
Length: Eight days aboard Classic
International Cruises' Arion.
Sponsor: Value World Tours, Fountain
Cost: $999 per person, double. Includes
inside cabin accommodations, all meals, five sightseeing tours and
all onboard entertainment and lectures.
Noteworthy: The companion rate is $1,099,
port charges are $155 and prepaid tips are $60 additional. Cabin
upgrades, single cabins, transfers and air can be
Contact: (800) 795-1633; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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