Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: August 1, 2005

AGENT MEMBERS of The Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) returned from a Seminar at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas, where they learned about the RCI product line. A record 44 members from NEST -- the industrys marketing group for top-performing, home-based travel agents -- sailed on the five-night cruise to Bermuda along with RCI key account manager Sheri Pasternak and NEST Senior Vice President Stuart Cohen.

WHILE IN BERMUDA, Gina Luna of the Bermuda Department of Tourism escorted NEST members on a five-property site inspection. The agents visited Cambridge Beaches Luxury Resort, Nine Beaches Resort, Wyndham Bermuda Resort & Spa, Pompano Beach Club and the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel. Agents can learn more about the marketing group at www.jointhenest.com.

BRIAN MOORE International Tours will again offer its Ireland Fall Fam Trip program, with departures in November and December. A five-day Ireland Castle itinerary costs $199, land only, and departs Nov. 18 and Dec. 2. A seven-day Undiscovered Ireland costs $399 and departs Nov. 10 and 17, and Dec. 1. The trips are educational, and include a Selling Ireland seminar, accommodations and most meals.

PRESIDENT Ronan Ryan said the firm is providing the fams due to "overwhelming demand" by retailers. " Our phones have been ringing off the
hook with agents telling us they really want a fam trip that offers the northern part of Ireland," he said. Ronan added that the prices quoted are
intended for existing agent customers; the new agent rate is $50 higher, but they receive a $50 commission coupon for their first booking. For details on the fams, visit www.bmit.com and click the Travel Agents Link, or call 800-982-2299.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Brazil

Departure: Sept. 19 from Miami to Sao Paulo via TAM Brazilian Airlines.

Length: Eight nights.

Sponsor:SpaMundi.com, Miami.

Cost: $895 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, six
meals per day, a medical examination and the services of medical specialists
during the stay.

Trip: Spends eight nights at Spa Med Casa Grande in Guaruja.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $200 additional.

Contact: (800) 711-2524 or (305) 372-1314; fax: (305) 372-1446; e-mail:
[email protected].

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