ASSOCIATION OF COMMISSIONED TRAVEL AGENTS, for the first time, teamed with ASTA to run this
year's Cruisefest, slated for April 7 to 10 in Miami. Using the
theme More Than Just Cruises, the revamped show will focus on
cruises, honeymoons, tours and all-inclusive resorts. "Cruises
continue to be one of the brightest stars on our horizon. As its
capacity grows, it presents many more opportunities for travel
agents to expand their businesses," said ASTA President and CEO
SUDEIKIS said the trade
show/conference format will feature supplier roundtables and
seminars, including one titled "How to Become a Home-Based Agent"
and another that addresses sales techniques specifically for
at-homes. Some activities will earn CLIA credits, she added. Nacta
president Joanie Ogg said 22 cruise ships are slated to be in port
during Cruisefest, available for agent inspections. Costs and
registration details are on line at www.astanet.com/cruisefest.
IRELAND: Brian Moore
International Tours, which specializes in Ireland, is offering
online seminars to travel agents this week, and at-home retailers
are invited to participate. On Feb. 15, 16 and 17, Ronan Ryan,
president of the company, will present four seminars daily to
provide destination and product training for travel agents. "The
concept is quite simple," he said. "You dial into a conference call
and simultaneously view a presentation on your screen."
participants include $100 in bonus commissions, 14% commission on
bookings and door prizes from Ireland. To sign up, email [email protected] or log on to the firm's Web
site at www.bmit.com and go to the travel agents page. For
further information, contact Ryan at [email protected] or (800) 982-2299,
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