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 www.travelimpressions.com. 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 www.trafalgar.com/sweeps.

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, www.msccruisesagent.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

China

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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