Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: March 26, 2007

CRUISE SEMINARS held by the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents are proving to be popular activities for NACTA members. So much so, in fact, that the trade group has started monitoring the number of cruises that members have sailed in the past few years. The change is geared toward accommodating the groups growing membership. "We have a limited number of sailings and cabins and want to be sure that all of our members have ample opportunity to experience these programs. If you have sailed many times in the past few years with NACTA, we may be contacting you to advise you of a possible wait list situation based on availability," a notice on NACTAs Web site explains. See the new policy and a list of seminars available at www.nacta.com.

TRIPOLOGY.COM, set to roll out in April, is the new name for 1trip3.com, an agent referral site that debuted last year. After registering on Tripology.com and indicating the type of travel or destination they specialize in, travel retailers are informed via e-mail about potential clients seeking itineraries that fit the agents specialization. Agents can purchase a lead for a trip theyd like to pitch, and if they are among the first three agents to do so, they will obtain the clients contact information. Leads range from $1 to $15, depending on the trips complexity. Travel Weekly readers who register using the code TW20 will receive a $20 credit toward leads, a spokesman for the site said. Visit the site for more details.

AMERICAS VACATION CENTER will present four seminars at CLIAs cruise3sixty conference, March 29 to April 1 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The host agency also is sponsoring the events Hall of Fame dinner. Shelton Hill, AVC's sales and business development coach, will present a program called The Secret to Doubling Your Home-Based Income. Jeffrey Anderson, AVC's vice president of marketing, will lead a seminar called How to Double Your Productivity and Sales With Exclusive Technology. Travel agents interested in attending can get more details at www.joinavc.com/clia.

DATEBOOK: The Arizona Chapter of the Outside Sales Support Network will feature Apple Vacations at its April 2 meeting. The event will be held in Mesa. There is no cost to attend. For location and other details, e-mail the chapter director, Paula Goldsmith, at [email protected] or call 602-323-7752

FAM OF THE WEEK

Hawaii

Trip: A three-night stay at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui, Hawaii.

Dates valid: For arrivals between April 20 to May 17.

Sponsors: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Wailea, Maui, and Pleasant Holidays.

Cost: $499 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Kahului Airport in Maui and three nights accommodations, including taxes.

Contact: Web: www.pleasantagent.com and book the Mahalo Nui Loa package.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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