Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Feb. 25, 2008

VAX VACATIONACCESS added a hotel-only booking tool to its platform. The technology is designed for researching and booking hotels within the VAX system. According to the company, the tool will help agents book complex, multi-stop itineraries and vacation packages for small groups, in addition to accommodations-only bookings. The Hotel Only tool offers up to 10% commission for bookings. VAX VacationAccess is part of TriSept Solutions, the technology arm of Mark Travel.

CELEBRITY CRUISES is courting home-based travel agents with a new program called [email protected], offering a series of regional learning events, an online training series, a ship tour and luncheon for agents and their clients. The program will take place in March and June and include 11 events on six ships in five homeports across North America. Dondra Ritzenthaler, Celebrity's senior vice president of sales, said at-home agents have "expressed interest in bringing prospective clients onboard so they can see firsthand what we have to offer." Each program includes an escorted tour of the ship by a Celebrity Cruises sales representative, a brief brand-update presentation and lunch. Events are scheduled to take place in San Francisco, Vancouver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Seattle. Futher details are at www.cruisingpower.com.

DATEBOOK: The OSSN Houston Chapter will meet on Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Travel Insured International. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents as well as non-members at Joe's Crab Shack (12400 Gulf Freeway). The meeting cost is free for members and is $10 for non-members. Cynthia Perry, Travel Insured's vice president of sales, will discuss the company's products and services. The agent with the best story about providing travel insurance to clients will receive a prize at the end of the meeting. Agents should RSVP via e-mail to [email protected].

IN YOUR POCKET: Tuscan Way, a tour company that operates trips focusing on cooking instruction, will pay agents commission up front, at the time full payment is made on a reservation. The company offers eight cooking school locations in the Tuscany region of Italy. Agents can deduct their commission from a client's full payment. Agents or group leaders who accompany groups receive free roundtrip air (up to $1,000) for groups of 10 or more and up to 100% off their stay, depending on group size. Check out details at www.tuscanway.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Curacao
Trip:
Overnight stay through Dec. 23 at the Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club or the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino in Willemstad.
Sponsor: Kura Hulanda.
Cost: $99 per room, per night at either resort. Stays must be completed within 30 days of booking. Rates are not valid during major holidays.
Contact: Reservations must be made via e-mail to Jody DeLeon at [email protected].

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