NEST, the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling
Travel, is holding its NEST FEST '07 annual conference. NEST
agents, preferred suppliers and staff representatives with gather
at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Dec. 2 to 4. Headlining the
event will be Stuart Ellis-Myers, a well-known speaker on
communication, leadership, sales and customer relationship
management practices. Also, Dave Stockert, director of training for
Holland America Line, will present a workshop on how to proactively
sell more travel. The event will feature educational workshops, as
well. Agents interested in attending can contact Rosemary Sarkis at
(888) 245-NEST, Ext. 3007, or e-mail [email protected].
INSTITUTE, meanwhile, partnered with the Home-Based Travel
Agent Expo & Conference, set for Dec. 4 to 6, also at the
Mandalay Bay, to bring educational components and testing
opportunities to retailers. On the first day of the expo, the
institute will offer courses such as "Powerful Tech Alternatives
for Home-Based Agents," and "Strategies to Successful Up-selling
for Home-Based Agents." It also will operate a testing site for
agents poised to receive their CTA, CTC and CTIE designations.
Registration and other details are at www.thetravelinstitute.com.
DATEBOOK: The outside Sales Support
Network's Arizona Chapter is hosting a meeting to learn about
Insight Vacations' home-based agent program. It's set for Sept. 6,
5:30 p.m. at the Sunland Village Restaurant, in Mesa. E-mail the
chapter director, Paula Goldsmith, to get more details, at [email protected].
IN YOUR POCKET: Travel
Impressions teamed with the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau
to roll out the Live the High Life in Hawaii promotion that offers
agents a $50 American Express Gift Cheque for each Hawaii booking
(minimum of five nights) that includes the Cancel for Any Reason
travel protection plan. The offer is valid on all qualifying
reservations made through Sept. 11 for travel between Aug. 21 and
FAM OF THE
Trip: Spends two nights
each in Guayquil and Quito and three nights cruising the Galapagos
Departure: Oct. 8 from
Miami to Quito via American Airlines.
Length: Seven nights,
including a three-night Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the
Sponsor: Tara Tours,
Cost: $2,139 per person,
double. Includes roundtrip air, the cruise, hotel accommodations,
sightseeing and most meals.
Noteworthy: Rate for a
second agent is $100 additional. Departure taxes are not included.
Companions are eligible at an additional
Contact: (305) 278-4446;
fax: (305) 278-4454; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].