Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Aug. 20, 2007

VACATION.COM partnered with The Travel Zone, a technology solutions company, to offer its members a special rate for access to the Agent RC platform. Agent RC is a Web portal developed by The Travel Zone that gives host agencies the ability to support and communicate with their agents. "With the growing number of members getting into the host agency business within our Vacation.com network, we searched for a platform to facilitate communication and booking transactions between host agencies and their outside agent networks or independent contractors," said Steve Tracas, president and CEO of Vacation.com. The platform is customizable, enabling host agencies to integrate any content, document, hyperlink, GDS or third-party booking tool into their portal. Vacation.com members can get more information or register for the Agent RC platform at exclusive member rates by calling Bill Almonte at (561) 649-0240, Ext. 703 or visiting www.thetravelzone.com.

 

AN OHIO COMPANY is marketing vacation keepsake DVDs and videos that agents can obtain at net rates and then sell to their clients. Adam Lapsevich, president of Digital Design Video Productions in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, said his company offers two products: the Vacation DVD Photo Album, which is based solely on still photos, and the Hollywood Movie, which includes some camcorder footage along with still shots. Agents can obtain their client's vacation pictures and send them for processing to Digital Design. The company has preferred-supplier deals with Cruise Planners, Ensemble, MAST and Virtuoso. Lapsevich said agents most often used the service for groups. Details are at www.digitaldesignvideo.com.

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: American Safari Cruises next year will add two vessels to its fleet and base them in Alaska. The small-ship line currently has three vessels in operation. New ships will include a 150-foot, 39-passenger yacht, the Safari Explorer, and a 108-foot, six-passenger, charter-only boat, the Safari Legend.

DATEBOOK: The OSSN's Phoenix chapter will feature Insight Vacations at its Sept. 6 meeting in Mesa, Ariz. Agents can learn about Insight's home-based program during the event, which is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunland Village Restaurant. Contact chapter director Paula Goldsmith for details, [email protected] .

FAM OF THE WEEK

Fiji

Trip: Sails around the Fiji Islands visiting various destinations, depending on the cruise itinerary selected.

Departures: Weekly through March 31, ranging in length from three to seven days, on the Fiji Princess, Yasawa Princess, Mystique Princess or Nanuya Princess, depending on length of cruise and itinerary selected.

Sponsor: Blue Lagoon Cruises, Lautoka, Fiji Islands.

Cost: Five itineraries are offered, priced from about $80 to $216 per person, double.

Noteworthy: Rates are for lowest-deck accommodations with upgrades at $99 additional per person, per deck, subject to availability. Companions are eligible.

Contact: E-mail: [email protected]; Web: www.bluelagooncruises.com for itineraries.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

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