Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Jan. 21, 2008

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES set new parameters for agents who want to sail its ships on reduced rates. Effective immediately, agents can qualify for such rates if they book at least five cabins within a 12-month period. "There are so many different business models out there in the travel distribution system now that it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that only professional travel agents who are actively promoting and selling cruises are receiving travel agent discounts," Vicki Freed, Carnival's senior vice president of sales and guest services, said in a statement.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INT'L gave its 2007 President's Award to World Travel Holdings, the parent company of CruiseOne, the franchise operation of home-based cruise specialists, and Cruises Inc., a host agency network. WTH was singled out for its "hybrid business model, vast array of effective marketing vehicles to reach consumers, and undisputed presence in the travel community," a statement from the company said. CruiseOne has 500 independent cruise-only travel professionals, and Cruises Inc. has about 500 independent contractors working for it.

DATEBOOK: The Association of Home Based Travel Agents, based in New Jersey, has a series of seminars lined up for 2008. All are held at the East Grand Buffet, 6 Edgeboro Road, East Brunswick, N.J., and all begin at 6:15 p.m. A fee of $13 includes dinner. The events are open to all agents. Upcoming events include: on Feb. 12, Carnival Cruise Lines; Brendan Worldwide Vacations; Adiamo, Italy; and Sunshine Travel USA will be featured; on March 11, Princess Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines, Abreu Tours, A&W Resorts and Vacation.com will be featured. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Vietnam

Trip: Visits Danang, Halong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue. Participants spend one night in Singapore at the airport hotel.

Departure: March 10 from Los Angeles to Singapore via Singapore Airlines.

Length: Nine nights.

Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New York.

Cost: $1,695 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, most meals, transfers and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $1,895 per person. The single supplement is $350. A four-night extension to Singapore and Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, can be added for $650 per agent or $750 per companion.

Contact: (800) 355-8025 or (212) 629-3888; fax: (212) 629-8882; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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