VACATION CENTER, a San Diego-based host agency, said it is
testing a preview release of private-label, consumer Web sites for
home-based agents. Brad Anderson, co-president of AVC, said the
sites are "designed to convert lookers into bookers." A limited
number of member agents are testing the sites and making them
available to their customers. Agents interested in learning more
about AVC can call (866) 520-2133 or visit www.joinavc.com.
JOYSTAR, a host agency in Aliso Viejo,
Calif., reported its first quarter of profitability in the
company's history. For the second quarter ended June 30, net income
was $90,353 compared with a net loss of $812,298 for the three
months ended June 30, 2005. Gross travel bookings, it said, jumped
612% during the first six months of this year, to $33 million, up
from $4.6 million during the same time period in 2005.
CLIA, the Cruise Lines International
Association, is looking for agents, agency owners and managers,
consortia leaders and host agency officials to nominate candidates
for its 2007 Travel Agent Advisory Board. The 25-member TAAB was
formed in fall 2004 to enhance communications between member
agencies and the association's leadership. Send nominations by
e-mail to [email protected] and include the words "TAAB
Nomination" in the e-mail subject line.
FAM OF THE
Trip: A six-night version takes in Arenal,
Manuel Antonio National Park and tours San Jose. The nine-night
version of the program substitutes Puerto Viejo and Sarapiqui for
Departures: Daily through Nov. 30 from San
Jose, Costa Rica, land only.
Length: Six or nine nights.
Sponsor: Carlson Wagonlit Travel Costa
Rica, San Jose.
Cost: $600 for the six-night program or
$1,025 for the nine-night program, per person, double. Includes
accommodations, transportation within Costa Rica, most meals,
sightseeing and entrance fees.
Noteworthy: Single supplements are
Contact: (506) 280-0122; fax: (506)
280-2449; e-mail: [email protected].
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].