ON THE ROAD
AGAIN: The Home-Based Success Series, a string of
traveling educational seminars, rolled out its schedule. The
program is a partnership of Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel
(Nest), National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (Nacta),
Globus, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Cost to participate is $20
and registration must be made by Feb. 3. The four-hour events are
designed to provide "practical, step-by-step tips and insights on
how to build a successful group business."
LOCATIONS are: Feb. 6, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 7, Seattle;
Feb. 8, Pasadena, Calif.; Feb. 9, St. Louis; and Feb. 10, Kansas
City, Mo. All home-based agency owners, staff travel agents, and
outside agents, regardless of their affiliation with any consortium
or association, are invited to attend. Speakers will include Stuart
Cohen, senior vice president of Nest, and Joanie Ogg, president of
Nacta and Travelsellers.com.
GLOBAL INSURANCE SERVICES, based in Kansas City, Mo., is
getting ready to offer errors and omissions insurance products for
agents, including one designed for home-based retailers. The
program Travel Agent Protect provides $1 million in liability
coverage for at-homes and small retailers. Premiums will be in the
$350 to $500 range for home-based agents. Specialty said the
product would be sold and serviced on the Web, and the launch date
will occur as soon as the firm's Web site is ready, which should be
in about 60 days.
AGENCY JOYSTAR, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif.,
launched a consumer Web site for cruise bookings, www.joystarcruises.com. "The site is loaded with all
of the important information consumers need when planning their
cruise vacation," said CEO William Alverson, including a section
for first-time cruisers. Most of the major cruise lines are
represented on the site, he noted.
FAM OF THE
Departure: May 2 from Los Angeles to Sydney
via Air Pacific.
Length: Eight nights.
Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New
Cost: $1,995 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, accommodations, daily breakfast, air travel within
Australia and sightseeing.
Trip: Visits Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney
as well as the Great Barrier Reef.
Noteworthy: The companion rate is $2,595
per person. A three-night extension to Fiji is available for $250
Contact: (800) 355-8025 or (212) 629-3888;
fax: (212) 629-8882; e-mail: [email protected].