Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Jan. 22, 2007

SCEPTRE 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.

AMERICA'S 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.

TOUR 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 WEEK

Italy

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, Fla.

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].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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