PATH, the Professional Association of
Travel Hosts, began accepting travel suppliers as members. PATH, a
nonprofit entity, said home-based travel agents are the
fastest-growing segment of the travel distribution system and are
"probably the most elusive." The group said it provides access and
a software program that enables supplier members to reach
home-based sellers. Initial supplier memberships that provide a
link from the PATH web site cost $1,000; those that provide a
listing on the site cost $500. More details are at www.pathonline.travel.
TRAVEL UNIVERSITY hired veteran industry consultant Marc
Mancini to create a new curriculum for its training programs. "With
the rapid changes taking place in the demographics of the travel
agent community, I felt it was time to adjust our offerings," said
Charlie Dubinsky, president of Cruise and Travel Agents, CTUs
parent organization. Dubinsky said the retail travel industry is
seeing an influx of "mature career-changers who already have many
valuable, ready-made sales skills but who lack basic industry
knowledge." He said CTU also is seeing younger, entry-level agents
whose education was not as strong as that of previous generations."
More information about CTU is at www.cruiseandtravelagents.com.
DELOSSO, a home-based agent affiliated with Travel
Counsellors, a U.K.-based host agency, earned the Outstanding
Special Event Support award at the 2007 Pearl S. Buck International
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. In 1976, DeLosso and her husband
adopted their oldest son from Korea. Since then she has helped
raise cultural awareness and financial support for childrens
programs. In 1996, DeLosso organized the first Motherland Tour to
Korea for Korean-American adoptees and their families. Now an
annual event, the trip helps adoptees to explore their cultural
heritage as well as their birth country. Other trips followed and
helped to endow the Buck organization. DeLosso is affiliated with
Travel Counsellors' U.S. division.
DESK: Citing the organization's "commitment to membership"
and its "strong product offering," Virtuoso enabled Classic
Vacations to again function as a preferred supplier. The agent
organization in 2003 nixed Classic from its preferred-supplier
ranks, saying that its owner, Expedia, was a competitor to
FAM OF THE
Trip: Three nights in Beijing, two nights
in Shanghai and a five-day cruise on the Yangtze River.
Departure: Nov. 9 from Beijing.
Length: Nine nights, including a cruise on
the Victoria Empress.
Sponsor: Value World Tours, Fountain
Cost: $699 per person, double. Includes
hotel and some meals during the land portion; sightseeing
throughout; twin standard, outside cabin accommodations on the
cruise with full board; and guided shore excursions.
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for
$100 additional. Port charges ($75) and visa fees ($100) not
included. Air can be arranged.
Contact: (800) 795-1633; e-mail: [email protected] .
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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