Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Aug. 21, 2006

AMERICA'S 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 WEEK

Costa Rica

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 Manuel Antonio.

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 available.

Contact: (506) 280-0122; fax: (506) 280-2449; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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