Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Jan. 14, 2008

MTRAVEL, the host agency division of Montrose Travel in Montrose, Calif., rolled out a new informational site at MTravel.com for anyone interested in learning more about its hosting programs. The site has descriptions of various programs, including home-based, local agent, corporate and Apollo hosting; marketing tools; and training opportunities; demos and of its Consumer Private Labeled Web site, testimonials and other information. Agents can learn more by calling (800) 870-5799.

VACATION.COM added more than 90 agencies to its roster in the last quarter of 2007, bringing its total agency membership to just above 5,000. Steve Tracas, president and CEO of Vacation.com, said, "These new additions represent quality agencies that will significantly enhance sales for our targeted preferred suppliers."

DATEBOOK: The OSSN Cleveland Chapter will meet on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. for a dinner seminar with Funjet at Mavis Winkle's Restaurant & Pub (5005 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio. The meeting will be free for OSSN members and $5 for non-members. Bob Crivelli, Funjet's development manager for the Ohio region, will lead the presentation. To reserve a spot, e-mail [email protected].

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: Costa Cruises completed a $21 million upgrade to four of its ships. The Costa Victoria, Costa Marina, Costa Concordia and Costa Classica each went into drydock in Genoa or Palermo during the past few months. In addition to exterior upgrades, public spaces and cabins were restyled and the flooring on the outer decks was replaced with teak.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Mediterranean

Trip: Roundtrip cruise from Marseille, France, on Louis Cruise Lines' Coral, calling at Genoa, Italy; Tangiers, Morocco; and Almeria, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Departures: April 13 and 27; May 4, 11 and 25; and June 8, 15 and 22 from Marseille, cruise only.

Length: Eight days.

Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin, Texas.

Cost: $699 for inside cabins and $899 for oceanview cabins, per person, double. Includes all onboard meals and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $100 additional. Port taxes and additional fees are not included. Dates through November are available.

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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