AHEAD: Joanie Ogg, president of
the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (Nacta) and
Travelsellers.com, has a busy year ahead of her. Nacta's Supplier
Awareness Campaign will continue to be a priority. "In 2002, we
began the campaign to enable the supplier community to learn more
about and work more closely with the home-based agency community,"
said Ogg. Nacta also will aim to assist those contemplating making
the move to a home office. "We will be offering several seminars
and industry presentations this year on the topic of moving one's
business from a storefront environment to a home-based world of
opportunity," she said.
ASTA and Nacta's Cruisefest
2005 will be held April 7 to 10 in Miami and will be the first
joint, co-branded conference for the two organizations, said Ogg.
"We are able to meet the needs and answer to all types of travel
professionals between our two memberships, and we look forward to a
successful venture and more to follow." More details are on line at
www.astanet.com. Meanwhile, Ogg said
Nacta plans to redesign its members-only Web site to feature more
information in a "very user-friendly format." More information on
all of Nacta's programs is online at www.nacta.org.
HOST AGENCY SPOTLIGHT
agency: The Travel
Address: #5, 205 St. James
Ave., Goose Creek, S.C. 29445
outside agents: 20
join: $100 per year
affiliations: NEST, CLIA,
split: Varies, depending upon
DATEBOOK: The San Jose
South Bay/East Bay chapters of the Outside Sales Support Network
will hold a joint meeting Feb. 2 at the Hilton Hotel in Newark,
Calif. The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will feature dinner
and presentations by Global Tours. Cost to members is $10;
nonmembers, $15. For details, call (408) 531-9228.
FAM OF THE WEEK
Departure: March 9 from Los
Angeles to Bangkok via Thai Airways.
Sponsor: Pacific Holidays,
Cost: $1,795 per person,
double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals,
transfers and sightseeing.
Trip: Visits Bangkok and Da
Nang, Halong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, Vietnam.
Noteworthy: The companion
rate is $1,995 per person. The single supplement is $385. An
upgrade to business class can be purchased for $1,790.
Contact: (800) 355-8025;
fax: (212) 629-9992; email: [email protected].