Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Aug. 14, 2006

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS are among those who can join a new group health insurance program available to members of the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA). Sold by the Arizona-based Mahoney Group brokerage, the program is called BenefitProtect, and provides coverage for accident, dental, disability, health, life and vision insurance, ARTA said. The program was developed in response to members' pleas for "affordable and realistic health insurance," said ARTA Chairman Barry Richcreek. BenefitProtect is available to all ARTA members through October, and thereafter only to Gold and Platinum level members. Get more details online at

HURRICANE POLICY: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resorts in Aruba and Jamaica are offering the Risk Free...SunSpree program through Nov. 30. It features a complimentary stay voucher that can be redeemed at the same resort within one calendar year for the same number of days originally booked. The guarantee applies if there is a Category One hurricane or higher and resort operations are interrupted for more than 24 hours. For further information, visit or


IN YOUR POCKET: CheapCaribbean will pay 15% for each online booking of its Caribbean and Mexico air-inclusive or land-only packages. Agents must have an IATAN number to be eligible. Agents book at Questions or concerns can be e-mailed to [email protected] or handled through the firm's res center at (800) 915-2322.



Trip: Visits to various hotels, restaurants and meetings venues as well as some sightseeing on the island.

Departures: Nov. 4 from East Coast gateways to Anguilla.

Length: Three nights.

Sponsor: Anguilla Tourist Board, White Plains, N.Y.

Cost: Program expenses, including roundtrip air fare, hotel accommodations, meals and hosted functions, are paid for by the program sponsors. Participants are responsible for taxes, incidental expenses and some beverages.

Noteworthy: Participants must be involved in the planning, budgeting or approval of meetings or incentive travel; must be able to prove that incentive programs with a minimum budget of $3,000 per person (hotel/meals only for four nights) can be planned by the participant.

Contact: (914) 287-2400; e-mail: [email protected]; Web:

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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