Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: June 11, 2007

TRIPOLOGY.COM, the agent referral site that enables retailers to bid on customer leads, haslaunched. After registering and indicating the type of travel or destination they specialize in, travel agents are informed via e-mail about potential clients seeking itineraries that fit the agent's specialization. Agents can purchase a lead for a trip they'd like to pitch, and if they are among the first three agents to do so, they will obtain the client's contact information. Leads range from $1 to $15, depending on the trip's complexity.

THE NICHE CRUISE MARKETING ALLIANCE and the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents forged a partnership that will bring new training programs and marketing and educational initiatives to NACTA members. The alliance, which has 12 small-ship cruise line members, will become "active allied members of NACTA," which represents independent and home-based travel agents and their host agency partners. "Home-based travel agents have tremendous potential for the proactive selling of niche cruising and other specialty travel products," said Larry Dessler, the alliance's executive director.

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS rolled out Cayman Summer Splash 2007, a promotion that offers savings such as a free night with a minimum purchase of a five-night package, discounted car rentals, half-price air fares for children, dive and watersports discounts, and reduced rates at participating restaurants. The promotion is valid on all new bookings for travel through Sept. 3. Participating properties include Beach Club Colony, Cobalt Coast, Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Hyatt Beach Suites, Reef Resort, Spanish Bay Reef Resort, the Ritz-Carlton and Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa. For reservations and details, call (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com.

THE OUSIDE SALES SUPPORT NETWORK'S chapter members in Walnut Creek, Calif., can meet Sam Swronski, the director of sales for Auto Europe and Destination Europe, at the group's June 19 meeting. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. in Walnut Creek. E-mail chapter director Chris McGill for details, [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Europe

Trip: Cruise calls at Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; London (Tilbury); St. Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; and Tallinn, Estonia.

Departures: Sept. 5 from London, cruise only.

Length: 13 days on Transocean Cruises' Arielle.

Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin, Texas.

Cost: $1,099 per person, double.

Noteworthy: An oceanview cabin is $200 additional. The companion rate is $1,199. Port taxes are not included.

Contact: (866) 345-7755; fax: (512) 345-7722; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].

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