Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Feb. 26, 2007

BOUND FOR INDIA: More than 150 home-based travel retailers will travel to India in May as part of the Outside Sales Support Network's spring 2007 International Conference. The training event will combine tours and events in New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur with comprehensive sales seminars conducted by India Tourism. The trip is May 1 to 12. The conference rate for OSSN members is $649 per person, double. Non-member agents, spouses and companions pay an additional $50. Get the details at www.ossn.com.

AT-HOME AGENTS can get their clients on the fast track to a Las Vegas NASCAR package with Spirit Vacations. A series of plans are offered for clients who want to attend the Sam's Town 300, a Busch Series race; the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, a Nextel Cup Series race; and the pole qualifying events from March 9 to 11. Debbie Orlin, Spirit Vacations' marketing manager, said at-homes can book through www.vaxvacationaccess.com/spiritvacations. After registering with their name, address, phone number and ARC or CLIA number, a confirmation will be sent by e-mail within 48 hours. Prices and commission details are on the site.

PLATINUM SEMINARS, which provides seminars at sea for travel retailers, invited agents to participate in three certification classes aboard the Queen Mary 2, on a six-night voyage from New York to Southampton, England, departing April 18. Three CLIA-sponsored workshops will be taught by CLIA's manager of training development, Bernie Blomquist. Each workshop is worth 15 credits. In addition, agents will watch two instructional videos worth 10 credits each. The seminar rate starts at $499. An IATA or CLIA card is necessary to book. Get more details at www.platinumseminars.com.

DATEBOOK: The Home-Based Success Series, a program of educational seminars organized by Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Globus and NACTA, released its upcoming schedule: March 5 to 9, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Houston, San Antoinio; April 23 to 27, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta; and May 20 to 26, Port Canaveral, Miami, New York, New Jersey. Visit www.nacta.com for details and to reserve a place.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Greece/Turkey

Trip: Spends five days cruising the Aegean Sea from Athens, visiting Mykonos, Piraeus, Rhodes, Patmos and Santorini, Greece, and Kusadasi, Turkey.

Departures: March 5 and 12; May 14 and 28; and June 11 and 25 from Athens aboard Louis Cruise Line's Sea Diamond.

Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin, Texas.

Cost: $399 per person, double. Includes all meals and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: Guaranteed oceanview cabins are $200 extra. The companion rate is $499. Taxes and fees are not included. A two-night extension in Athens can be added for $399 per person. Optional excursions to Delphi or Argolis, Greece, can be added for $89.

Contact: (866) 345-7755; fax (512) 345-7722; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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