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].
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)
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.
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
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
Cost: $1,299 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, hotel, sightseeing, some meals and
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible. Taxes
totaling about $255 are additional.
Contact: (800) 545-5540; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].