Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Feb. 19, 2007

LUXURY TRAVEL NETWORK, a host agency operated by Cruise Specialists, enhanced its Web site, rolled out new services for home-based travel sellers (including a 100% commission option) and added Virtuoso perks for clients such as pre-cruise galas, shipboard credits, onboard parties and free shore excursions. Cruise Specialists is a member of Virtuoso. John Bell, manager of the Luxury Travel Network, said agents who are selected to join the program have the option of keeping 100% of their commissions or can choose a sliding commission scale based on gross commissions generated. Retailers pay a $499 sign-up fee to join the network and a $499 annual renewal fee. The renewal fee is waived if travel agents maintain a minimum 80-20 commission split. For more information on joining the program, call 866-703-5244 or email [email protected].

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS is offering travelers up to a $250 resort credit at any Sandals or Beaches resort (except Sandals Inn & Beaches Sandy Bay) as part of its Sandals & Beaches Romantic Rendezvous promotion. Guests who book a minimum of six nights in the third room category or higher receive a $150 resort credit, while clients who upgrade to any top-category suite featuring Sandals and Beaches butler service will earn a $250 credit. The offer is good through Feb. 21 for travel through 2008. The company said at-homes who have an ARC, IATA, CLIA or other authorized industry credential can book any Travel Impressions product. Agents can earn a 1% bonus by booking a trip at They also can call (800) 284-0044.

TOUR DESK: Trafalgar Tours is marking its 60-year anniversary by sponsoring Trafalgar's Sensational Agent Sweepstakes. Agents qualify for an entry in the sweepstakes with every booking for which a deposit is collected within 10 days of the booking. The grand prize is $10,000. For more information, see

IN YOUR POCKET: MSC Cruises will pay travel agents 10% commission on shore excursions, provided bookings are made at least three days before departure. Descriptions of shore excursions and rates can be found on MSC's travel agent Web site,



Trip: Spends three nights in Beijing and two nights each in Shanghai and Xian, with sightseeing by private car in each city.

Departure: Daily through March from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Beijing via United Airlines.

Length: Seven nights.

Sponsor: Orient Flexi-Pax Tours, New York.

Cost: $1,299 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, hotel, sightseeing, some meals and transfers.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible. Taxes totaling about $255 are additional.

Contact: (800) 545-5540; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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