Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: March 12, 2007

AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER on March 20 will present Carnival Cruise Lines President Bob Dickinson at the host agency's first Travel Executive Forum, a series of seminars that will be streamed live online. The Travel Executive Forum program is part of the host agency's AVC University and co-sponsored by American Express, its consortium partner. The free series is designed to connect agents nationwide with top executives in the travel business. Up to 1,000 people can register for the webinar, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no preferential access for AVC-affiliated agents. Get more details at www.joinavc.com.

CELEBRITY CRUISES launched a spy-themed Celebrity Special Agent education and sales incentive program for travel agents. Agents who participate in the multi-layered program will have the opportunity to win one of three grand prize packages: a Celebrity cruise for two to Alaska, Europe or Bermuda, including roundtrip air and $700 cash. One hundred-seventy runners-up will receive lesser prizes. Additionally, retailers can participate in up to three free online seminars focused on Celebrity's Alaska and Europe itineraries and the line's small-ship extension, Celebrity Expeditions. Agents who complete all three courses and pass the corresponding post-seminar assessments will receive seven entries into the Celebrity Special Agent sweepstakes. More details are available at www.cruisingpower.com/booktowin. Celebrity also brought back its [email protected] On-line learning series, which consists of targeted online training dedicated to the home-based agency community.

ARTA, the trade group that recently said it would develop a new travel agent identification program in cooperation with suppliers and other trade associations, plans to call together a working group in Dallas next month of U.S. and Canadian suppliers and retailers to pursue that goal. As envisioned, a system of agency numeric codes (called T-Numbers) will be created for agents or agencies that don't sell airline tickets, as will a new travel retailer ID card, called TRIP, an acronym for Travel Retailer Identification Program. A second planning meeting will be held in June, ARTA said, with implementation of the new systems following.

VACATION.COM named Jamie Kamin manager of education and event planning. She will be involved in the planning and organization of all Vacation.com member training programs from regional, preferred-supplier workshops to the Vacation.com International Conference & Trade Show in New Orleans.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Spain

Trip: Visits Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville and Valencia.

Departures: Fridays through 2007 from New York or Los Angeles to Madrid via British Airways.

Length: Eight nights.

Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Cost: $1,700 from New York or $1,900 from Los Angeles, per person, double. Includes air, hotel, some meals, sightseeing and transfers.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $100 additional. Air from other gateways is available. Airline taxes are not included.

Contact: (800) 223-7552; fax: (727) 784-7520; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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