Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Dec. 3, 2007

CRUISES INC., a host agency, rolled out a new commission structure and enhanced back-office support services for its nearly 500 members, said Vivian Ewart, senior vice president. Current and new members now have the ability to keep up to 75% of their commission, up from 50%. Members' commission levels will be earned at the new higher rate for all existing clients as well as for qualified leads provided by the company. Back-office support services for members include streamlined and automated e-invoicing and electronic cruise document delivery systems. Agents who wish to learn more can call (877) 714-4072.

VACATION.COM added SITA World Tours to its roster of preferred suppliers, giving its members access to "exclusive vacation packages and enhanced commissions to increase profitability," said the consortium. The agreement is effective for travel beginning Jan. 1, and bookings are now being accepted. Custom vacations are available to Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia, South America and on European and Russian River cruises.

CENTRAL HOLIDAYS introduced new tours and multi-city packages to Europe, the Mediterranean and Egypt for 2008 and 2009, along with early-booking incentives and other promotions. One new program couples Paris with Athens and adds a four-night Greek islands cruise. It's priced from $1,121 per person, land and cruise. A spokeswoman for Central said the company does business with home-based and independent agents who have a valid IATAN, CLIA or ARC registration number or who have an active affiliation with and ARC- or CLIA-endorsed agency. Active members of recognized consortiums also can book with Central and earn commissions. Retailers can check out the new offerings and incentives at www.centralholidays.com.

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: Norwegian Cruise Line plans to add 32 cruises to the Bahamas by 2009, and it will make its first call to Grand Bahama Island in five years when the Norwegian Jewel docks there on Nov. 15 on a three-day trip from Miami. Twenty-eight of the 32 cruises will be on the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Gem, which was launched on Oct. 1. NCL estimated that its increased presence in the Bahamas will contribute $9 million a year to the Bahamas economy, with $4 million going directly to Grand Bahama Island.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Mexico

Trip: An overnight, all-inclusive stay at the Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta.

Sponsor: The Casa Velas.

Cost: $150 per person, per night, double. Includes accommodations in a master suite, all meals with premium alcoholic beverages, access to the hotel's hydrotherapy facilities and fitness center, golf privileges at the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, taxes and gratuities.

Noteworthy: Trip must be completed by Dec. 20.

Contact: (866) 612-1097 in the U.S. or (866) 442-9205 in Canada.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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