RENTALS 4 AGENTS, part of the RCI Global Vacation Network,
began offering virtual travel seminars on its Web site. Led by John
Peters, vice president of travel trade and business development,
the sessions will provide information on how retailers can earn up
to 20% commission when booking with the company, the benefits of
vacation rental accommodations and how to identify a potential
vacation rental customer. Home-based agents can register to
participate in one of the live seminars or they can elect to view a
pre-recorded session. For details, agents can visit www.vacationrentals4agents.com or call 866-844-2017.
COUNSELLORS, a U.K.-based host agency that expanded to the
U.S. last August, named Kim Sherrett recruitment manager to further
broaden the ranks of home-based agents in the U.S. Sherrett had
been director of agent relations for Travel Planners International,
where she was responsible for analyzing customer and agent
requirements, performing market assessments, coordinating market
road-mapping, strategy integration and supporting executive
presentations. In other news from the host agency, Travel
Counsellors entered the South Africa market and plans to enter
VACATIONS rolled out Kids Stay Free specials, reduced
rates and hotel value-added inclusions on packages to Orlando,
Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Plans include roundtrip
air, hotel, transfers and taxes. A sample three-night stay at the
Hawthorn Suites Universal Orlando features 15% off rates, free
breakfasts and a cocktail reception. Rates are from $256 per
person, based on departure city. Most plans must be booked by July
1 for travel through late September. Spirit Vacations said
home-based and independent agents can make reservations through www.vaxvacationaccess.com/spiritvacations. After
registering with their name, address, phone number and ARC or CLIA
number, a confirmation will be sent by e-mail within 48
PORT HOLE: Carnival Cruise Lines will base its newest and
largest vessel, the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, in Southern
California in March 2009. The ship will operate year-round,
seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif.,
beginning March 29, 2009, following an inaugural schedule of
European and Caribbean sailings. The Splendor will bring to five
the number of Carnival ships based in Southern
FAM OF THE
Trip: Seven nights at a luxury hotel in
Bologna with full-day visits to Florence, Venice and
Departure: Sept. 15 from New York to
Bologna via Eurofly.
Sponsor: Europe at Cost, New
Cost: 25% off guaranteed departure prices,
which start at $2,595 per person, double. Includes air, hotel,
daily breakfast, one lunch, guided tours of a cheese factory and a
wine estate, and local taxes.
Noteworthy: This trip is only for agents.
Airport taxes not included.
Contact: (800) 322-3876; e-mail: [email protected].
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].