Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Jan. 28, 2008

ENDLESS VACATION RENTALS, a New Jersey-based provider of villas, cottages, homes and condos, rolled out a $50 booking bonus for agents who book a stay in Europe for clients by March 31. The offer, which comes in the form of a Visa gift card, is targeted to traditional and home-based retailers in an effort to court their business. The bonus is paid once travel is completed. European destinations include the U.K., France and Italy. Agents can learn more at www.vacationrentals4agents.com. Meanwhile, Endless said it became a preferred supplier to Midwest Agents Selling Travel, a consortium of retailers in eight Midwest states.

MTRAVEL.COM, the host agency division of Montrose Travel in Montrose, Calif., added an "established agent" level to its programs. Agents generating a minimum of $10,000 in commissions per year will be eligible for an 80% commission split. Proof of volume is required via a 1099 form or check stubs.

CRUISE PLANNERS, a South Florida-based cruise agency with a franchised network of more than 700 travel professionals, received the first Home-Based Partner of the Year award from Royal Caribbean International. The award was presented as part of Royal Caribbean's annual ONE Awards recognizing the cruise line's top travel industry partners.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Thailand

Trip: Three nights in Bangkok and five nights in Chiang Mai.

Departures: Oct. 15, Jan. 15 and Feb. 26 from Los Angeles to Bangkok via EVA Airways.

Length: Eight nights.

Sponsor: FT Tours, Los Angeles.

Cost: $1,568 per person, double. Includes air, room, most meals, sightseeing and transfers.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $275 additional; the single supplement is $475. Air upgrades and air from other cities can be arranged. Optional extensions to points in Thailand also can be arranged.

Contact: (800) 350-0487, ext. 36; e-mail: [email protected]; Web: www.ft-tours.com/agents.

CORRECTION: The Professional Association of Travel Hosts said it does not plan to hold a conference prior to CLIA's Cruise3sixty conference in early March. Incorrect information appeared in last week's e-letter.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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