CRUISE PLANNERS, the South Florida-based national cruise agency with a franchised network of 700 travel professionals, launched its Web-based CP University program. Designed to help Cruise Planners agents maximize sales and manage their franchises more effectively, the CP University program features a curriculum covering more than 20 topics, including marketing, advertising, public relations, product updates, technology, group and individual sales, customer care and Web marketing. Free to members, webinars are held during morning, afternoon and evening hours. CP University also includes seminars at sea and annual conventions where agents have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the experts and cruise line representatives.
ASTA's first Retail Travel Leadership Summit will feature a debate about the cruise industry. Adam Aron, chairman and CEO of personal consulting firm World Leisure Partners, and Robert Simonson, an analyst with Chicago-based investment firm William Blair & Co., will headline the debate titled "The Financial Future of the Cruise Line Industry." The summit is part of ASTA's TheTradeShow in Orlando, Sept. 8.
TOUR DESK: Italian airline Eurofly has struck a free-air deal with Celtic Tours World Vacations, offering free roundtrip air from New York to Rome. Tickets must be booked in conjunction with select departures of Celtic's Southern Italian Odyssey Tour. Fuel surcharge and departure taxes are not included. Flights must be booked by June 30. Travelers can choose from nine departures from October 2008 through March 2009.
DATEBOOK: The OSSN Cincinnati Chapter will meet June 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a seminar with Globus. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents, as well as non-members, at the Blue Goose Sports Cafe. The meeting is free. Agents should RSVP via e-mail to [email protected].
FAM OF THE WEEK
Greece and Turkey
Trip: Spends three nights in Athens and three nights cruising the Greek isles. Visits Mykonos, Patmos, Heraklion and Santorini, Greece; and Kusadasi, Turkey.
Departure: July 29 from Istanbul, land/cruise only.
Sponsor: Gindroz and Co., Temecula, Calif.
Cost: $693 per person, double. Includes accommodations, most meals, admission fees and the cruise.
Noteworthy: The single supplement is $510; companion rates are available.
Contact: (888) GINDROZ; e-mail: [email protected].
Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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