Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: June 13, 2005

CRUISE NETWORK, an agency based in Raleigh, N.C., selected Jurni Networks Internetview as the primary booking tool for its home-based Independent Travel Advisor Programs. Cruise Networks outside sales manager, Anita Flippin, said the agency chose Jurni as its consortium for its agent-friendly booking capabilities along with its preferred vendor agreements. Jurni is the agency consortium created by Sabre in 2003.

 

FLIPPIN SAID Cruise Network offers programs for agents starting out in the business as well as for experienced retailers. Flippin said the Jurni booking tool will be easy for newcomers to learn, while veterans can take advantage of Jurnis other booking options, such as Agent 59. More information about Cruise Network is online at http://www.cruisenetwork.com/home-based.html

 

IN OTHER JURNI NEWS, the consortium rolled out Jurni Online, a suite of Web site products for its affiliates. Jurni Online enables members to create and maintain individually branded consumer sites with promotions and content from Jurni preferred suppliers regularly updated by Jurni Network. In addition, a network spokesman said, the Jurni agencies can customize their sites with varying designs, custom logos and other elements. Optional upgrades will enable members to include air-, car- and hotel-booking capabilities by incorporating a Sabre booking engine or another booking engine of their choice. Members also will be able to add unique content and special promotions of their own, Jurni Network said.

THE PRODUCT is a private-label version of Passport Onlines NexCite Web site program. Jurni Online sites, which can be marketed in e-mail promotions, also include a quick search box and the capability for establishing a sweepstakes or asking visitors to register for an agency newsletter (which will help members acquire names for their databases), Jurni Network said. Members will license Jurni Online for a monthly fee. A comparable Web site product line for hosted independent agents will be unveiled in late summer, Jurni Network added.

FAM OF THE WEEK

 

Hawaii

Dates valid: Year-round for overnight stays.

Sponsor: Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.

Cost: $59 at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, $79 at the Princess Moana Surfrider or Sheraton Waikiki and $139 at the Royal Hawaiian. Rates are per room, per night.

Noteworthy: When booking, ask for rate plan TAED.

Contact: (800) 782-9488; Web: www.starwoodhawaii.com/agents.

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