Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Feb. 18, 2008

PATH, the Professional Association of Travel Hosts, held its annual elections and has a new board of directors. Andi Mysza of Montrose Travel is president and co-chair of the Event Committee. Anita Pagliasso of Ticket to Travel is first vice president of public relations and communications. Pam Miller of Magellan360 is second vice president and co-chair of the supplier membership committee. Tony Gagliano of Travel Planners International is treasurer and co-chair of the host membership committee. PATH was formed in 2006 and is the only host agency-driven organization in the travel industry. Its membership includes host agencies and travel suppliers.

VACATION.COM is ramping up its educational focus with a redesign of its Agent Advancement Center (AAC) to offer "high-quality, profit-enhancing information and education sessions within an easy-to-navigate Web site." Online at www.agentnet.com/aac, the ACC features an EZguider Online Classroom, live and recorded webinars for all Vacation.com tools, interactive "Training Tuesdays," preferred-supplier webinars and training programs, downloadable user guides and pertinent documents and details on upcoming regional events.

OSSN president and founder Gary Fee will make a special presentation at the group's Baltimore Chapter meeting on Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents, as well as nonmembers, at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (7047 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover). The cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. During the meeting, Fee will discuss proven strategies for home-based agents to take their businesses to the next level, from marketing tips to working with host agencies. Agents should RSVP by Feb. 20 by calling (443) 263-0018 or e-mailing [email protected].

IN OTHER OSSN NEWS, the Boulder (Colo.) Chapter will meet on Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. for a lunchtime discussion of tax planning tips at Carrabba's Italian Grill. A local IRS-enrolled agent will share strategies for handling 2007 income tax filings and planning ahead for 2008 tax obligations. Agents should RSVP by phone, (303) 404-2288 or e-mail [email protected].

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE: Citing additional cruise capacity in the Mediterranean this summer and a softening market, Crystal Cruises expanded its 10% discount on Med sailings through March. The promotion had been set to expire Feb. 29.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Myanmar
Trip:
Visits Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Yangon.
Departures: Select Sundays (eight nights) and Mondays (four nights) through Sept. 28 from Bangkok to Yangon via Bangkok Airways.
Sponsor: Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board, Yangon.
Cost: $595 per person, double, for the eight-night trip; $435 for the four-night trip. Includes air in Asia, hotel, breakfast daily, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees.
Noteworthy: The companion rate is $715. The single supplement is $100.
Contact: (011) 95-1 242-828; fax: (011) 95-1 242-800; e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]; Web: www.myanmar-tourism.com/mystical_fam_trips.htm.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone:
(508) 221-3674
[email protected] 
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