Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: December 12, 2005

CHECKING IN WITH CRUISE PLANNERS: The bookings level for the holiday vacation week, between Christmas and New Years weekends, is shaping up just slightly ahead of last year for franchise operators, according to Cruise Planners President Marvin Davis. The Coral Springs, Fla.-based franchisor, which counts many home-based travel entrepreneurs, also reported that some last-minute reservations are still coming in for the festive week.

DAVIS said that advance bookings for 2006 cruises are "looking very good." The firms retail franchisees, he added, are not seeing an overabundance of bargain hunters. Rather, Davis said, customers want to book higher-priced cabins than in the past. Apparently people are feeling better off than in previous years," he said.

DATE BOOK: The Austin (Texas) chapter of OSSN will meet Dec. 16 to discuss opportunities within the Jurni Network, a consortium of independent retailers. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, in Austin. E-mail the director for more information: [email protected].

EDUCATION UPDATE: Looking for information on the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travels education series, in partnership with NACTA, Royal Caribbean and Globus? Its a series of seminars specifically geared to home-based agents. Details are online at http://65.17.222.55/success_series.htm.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Idaho

Date valid: Jan. 2 for a five-night stay at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Tours, San Diego.

Cost: $325 per person, double. Includes a five-day activity card (valid for lift tickets, cross-country skiing, snowshoe rentals, ski or snowboard lessons, ice skating, Sunday brunch and massage treatments).

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible at the same rate.

Contact: (800) 850-7669, Ext. 202; e-mail: [email protected].

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