Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: March 27, 2006

CRUISE UNIVERSITY, the educational program offered by Cruiseagentonly.com, rolled out dates for its spring program. Cruiseagentonly is an agent network organization and cruise marketing and booking site. Onboard programs offer certain Cruise Lines International Association certifications and often feature destination experts. The first course begins April 16 aboard the Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, departing from Miami and visiting the western Caribbean. Agents can earn their Level 1 or Level 2 Travel Sales Certification.

SAMPLE PROGRAMS ARE:

" June 11 aboard the Norwegian Majesty, departing from Boston and visiting Bermuda. Agents will attend two CLIA courses as well as earning their Level 1or Level 2 Travel Sales Certification. The Bermuda tourist board will host the attending agents with site inspections, attractions and some meals.

" Sept. 17 aboard the Carnival Legend, departing from New York and visiting the eastern Caribbean. Agents will attend three CLIA courses; learning from Tania Hancock, who works for the Alaska tourist board; plus earn their Level 1 or Level 2 Travel Sales Certification.

 

AND ON DEC. 9, Cruise University will set sail aboard the Carnival Triumph, departing from Miami and visiting the eastern Caribbean. Agents will be entertained as well as educated by motivational speaker Joachim de Posada. CLIA will be presenting three courses, and agents can earn their Travel Sales Certification. More information is available at www.cruiseagentonly.com. The phone number is (954) 491-2269.

AMERICAN MARKETING GROUP, the parent company of Travelsavers, the agency consortium for independent agencies, acquired the after-hours service business of Thor24 and renamed it Agent24. The service will work in tandem with, but not be merged with, a similar AMG operation called Helpline, an emergency travel-assistance service. Thor24 had been owned by Cendant.

FAM OF THE WEEK:

Australia

Departure: May 2 from Los Angeles to Sydney via Air Pacific.

Length: Eight nights.

Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New York.

Cost: $1,995 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, daily breakfast, air travel within Australia and sightseeing.

Trip: Visits Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney as well as the Great Barrier Reef.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $2,595 per person. A three-night extension to Fiji is available for $250 per person.

Contact: (800) 355-8025 or (212) 629-3888; fax: (212) 629-8882; e-mail: [email protected].

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