TOURS, a wholesaler specializing in independent packages
to Ireland, Scotland and London, extended the deadline and
increased the prize for all existing and prospective members of its
Emerald Partner agency loyalty program who participate in a
10-minute online seminar. Agents who complete the course by Feb. 28
have the opportunity to win a $250 gift certificate (increased from
$100) toward any of Sceptre Tours' escorted or FIT vacation
products. In order to maintain Emerald Partner status, Sceptre
requires at least three bookings a year. Information is at www.sceptreagent.com.
VACATION CENTER held its fourth educational summit for
member agents, this time aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Pearl in
mid-December. Retailers had opportunities to network, meet
executives from the agency and the cruise line, and attend training
seminars and open forums. "We are incredibly passionate about
building a sense of community. The majority of our affiliated
agents are home-based and look forward to meeting face-to-face with
other agents in the AVC network," said Van Anderson, co-president
of AVC. About 75 agents participated. Details about the host agency
are at www.joinavc.com.
DESK: Ireland specialist CIE Tours added Sicily to its
portfolio of destinations for 2007 with the introduction of a
one-week escorted tour. The program features stays in Taormina,
Palermo and Agrigento. Rates are from $898 per person, double, land
only. Get details at www.cietours.com.
DATEBOOK: Get to know tour operator Blue Sky
at the OSSN Arizona chapter meeting on Feb. 1 in Mesa. Location
details and sign-up information is available by e-mailing [email protected].
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Como, Florence, Rome and Venice
with travel via rail.
Departures: Saturdays to March 15 from Los
Angeles or New York to Rome via British Airways.
Length: Seven nights.
Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor,
Cost: $1,400 per person, double, from New
York or $1,600 from Los Angeles. Includes air, accommodations,
daily breakfasts, transfers and sightseeing.
Noteworthy: Single supplements can be
arranged. Companions are eligible for $100 additional. Air from
other gateways is available. Taxes are not included.
Contact: (800) 223-7552; fax: (727)
784-7520; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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