Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: January 9, 2006

HOME-BASED AGENTS in New Jersey will opportunities to network with suppliers and other industry players this winter, as the states Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) chapter hosts a variety of open meetings. Frank Hryszkanich, chapter director and owner of Travel, Ports & Voyages, in Old Bridge, invites all home-based retailers to attend, even nonmembers of OSSN.

AMONG THE SEMINARS coming up are:

* Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.: Vacation.com and Trams/Client Ease Technology program.

* Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Disney World and Disney Cruise Lines.

* Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m.: Fiji Visitors Bureau with Pacific Holidays, Air Pacific and Blue Lagoon Cruises.

The cost for each program is $6.50 per agent; $10 at the door. Those who pre-register should send a check to Travel, Ports & Voyages, 293 Austin Ave., Old Bridge, NJ 08857. E-mail the chapter director at [email protected].

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE

Aruba Cruise Tourism will install four information and survey kiosks at the island's cruise terminal and will position cruise greeters at the terminal to offer additional services to visiting cruise passengers. The kiosks, which will be equipped with touch-screen access to information, a DVD and video on the island and surveys in various languages, are the first of their kind in the Caribbean.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Papua New Guinea

Departure: Feb. 24 from Los Angeles to Port Moresby via Air Niugini and Singapore Airlines.

Length: Seven nights.

Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New York.

Cost: $2,195 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, sightseeing, some meals and air transfers within Asia.

Trip: Visits Madang, Mount Hagen, Port Moresby and Tari, Papua New Guinea; also spends an overnight in transit at the Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo.

Noteworthy: The single supplement is $440; companions are eligible. Business-class air upgrades are available. Rates from Tokyo can be arranged.

Contact: (800) 355-8025; fax: (212) 629-9992; e-mail: [email protected].

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