Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: April 30, 2007

CELEBRITY CRUISES rolled out the Celebrity Special Agent Training Academy, an educational opportunity with tools geared toward helping agents improve their bottom lines. Celebrity said home-based agents are encouraged to participate in the academy, which includes a "comprehensive package of education and training resources, tools, programs and agent incentives" offered through half-day seminars that will be held throughout the country. Participants can earn 10 CLIA credits by attending a seminar. Fifteen seminars are planned through August. Get more details at


VACATION.COM is guaranteeing results for its agents who attend the marketing organization's International Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, June 27 to July 1. "If you don't learn at least $5,000 in money-making or money-saving ideas at the conference, we will refund all your costs to attend, up to $1,000," an e-mail notification from pledged. To be eligible for a refund, conference registration must be completed by May 9, and all registered attendees must attend at least five Learning Center classes, including a minimum of two Supplier Product Seminars and two Bob Abrames, Mike Marchev or Nolan Burris sessions. Agents who sign up before May 9 will pay no registration fee. Detailed terms and conditions on the Profit Guarantee are available on the conference website at

THE OUTSIDE SALES SUPPORT NETWORK partnered with eMarketing Solutions Group to provide its members with a multi-pronged resource outlet that's accessible as a desktop icon. The tool, eMarketing Passport to Profits, offers one-click access to supplier content, weather data, passport/visa updates, news, currency conversion rates and fam trips. Offered free to OSSN's 7,000 members, the program operates via a small executable file that agents download and store on their desktops. They can customize the program by creating an individual user profile. The desktop display can deliver information to agents in text, image and video formats, and agents will be automatically notified when new content has been posted to the system.

IN YOUR POCKET: Travel Impressions has a destination wedding incentive, offering agents a $500 bonus on group bookings (10 rooms or more) at Karisma Resorts' Azul Blue Hotel & Spa and El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa, both located in Riveria Maya, Mexico. In addition, couples who book a group wedding or honeymoon (10 rooms or more) at either property will receive a free gift. The offer is good on bookings made by June 18 with travel through January 2008. More details are at



Trip: A three-night stay at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui, Hawaii.

Dates valid: For arrivals through May 17.

Sponsors: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Wailea, Maui, and Pleasant Holidays.

Cost: $499 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Kahului Airport in Maui and three nights' accommodations, including taxes., and book the Mahalo Nui Loa package.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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