Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Dec. 31, 2007

NANCY BOGERT, a top-producing Cruise Planners agent based in Williamsport, Pa., was recently named the winner of Royal Caribbean's Royal Partners at Home contest, which had been held in conjunction with CLIA's World's Largest Cruise Night promotion. Bogert was awarded first place for hosting a successful cruise event at her local Borders bookstore. Her granddaughter helped spark the idea. "My granddaughter, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 2, held a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for her senior class project," Bogert explained. "She held events at the mall and other areas around town, and the experience inspired me to approach Borders for the World's Largest Cruise Night." Bogert booked more than 30 cabins at the event. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded a free balcony cabin aboard the preview sailing of Royal Caribbean's newest Freedom-class ship, the Independence of the Seas.

 

FRANCE VACATIONS rolled out programs for the Carnival of Nice, which is held the second half of February. The operator is offering land-only and air-inclusive itineraries to the French Riviera. Per-person rates begin at $490 (land only) and at $1,046 (air included) for a four-night package. The plan covers accommodations, breakfasts, a two-day entrance to the Carnival Parade and a half-day excursion to Monte Carlo and Eze Village. Pre- or post-package stays in Paris are available. Bookings are accepted from agents who are registered with either IATA or CLIA, and who are members of an ARC-accredited or CLIA-registered agency. Details on the Carnival package are at www.francevacations.net.

 

YTB INTERNATIONAL has partnered with Shanghai Spring International Travel Service to market and sell seven- and 11-day tour packages to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The partners said the target is 3,000 customers. The companies said they have purchased 10,000 event tickets. YTB was in the news earlier this year, when Royal Caribbean Cruises suspended its business relationship with the agency, calling it a "card mill." A few weeks later, IATA terminated YTB. The Olympic packages include air from the U.S. to China via Los Angeles, but ticketing will be handled by Shanghai Spring.

DATEBOOK: The OSSN San Diego Chapter will meet Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner seminar with Viking River Cruises. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents as well as non-members at the Mandarin Garden (8242 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, 858-566-4720). The meeting fee is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Agents should RSVP via email to [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Turkey

Trip: Three nights in Istanbul.

Departures: Jan. 12 and 19 from Istanbul, land only.

Length: Three nights.

Sponsor: TourCrafters, Libertyville, Ill.

Cost: $120 per person, double. Includes accommodations, transfers, daily breakfast, one dinner and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: The single supplement is $50. A two-night extension to Cappadocia is available for $340 per person, double.

Contact: (800) 621-2259.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].

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