Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Aug. 13, 2007

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].

THE TRAVEL 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


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 Dec. 20.



Trip: Spends two nights each in Guayquil and Quito and three nights cruising the Galapagos Islands.

Departure: Oct. 8 from Miami to Quito via American Airlines.

Length: Seven nights, including a three-night Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the Explorer II.

Sponsor: Tara Tours, Miami.

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 cost.

Contact: (305) 278-4446; fax: (305) 278-4454; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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