VIEWING in Mabula, near Johannesburg, South Africa, was
among the highlights for about 100 at-home and independent agents
who attended the 2005 Outside Sales Support Network International
Conference Event. From the wine region of Stellenbosch to the Cape
of Good Hope (where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet) to the
city of Durban and lots of places in between, the trip was designed
to broadly educate at-homes and independents about the destination.
In Cape Town, OSSN members attended educational workshops and met
industry suppliers, including Cedarberg Travel, Cape Town Routes
Unlimited, Tourism Kwa Zulu Natal, Shongololo Express Train Routes
and Three Cities Group, among others.
THE 11-DAY trip also featured a visit with
Felicia Suttle, president of South Africa Tourism, who addressed
the group in Cape Town. She described South Africas new brand
awareness campaign, and said the region was looking to building
relationships between suppliers and the networks membership. OSSN
said it would survey its members to help decide the location of
next years conference. Information about the network is on line at
iPOD, ANYONE? Toronto-based Horizon & Co. is
offering an iPod shuffle to any agent who books a new client on a
Horizon trip before May 31. We felt that it was time to mix things
up a bit and get creative with travel agent incentives, said Andrew
White, Horizons sales director. Agents who book two new clients
will get an iPod Mini. Call (800) 387-2977 or e-mail [email protected] for further details.
THROUGH THE PORTHOLE
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises offered 20% savings on a series of
summer cruises aboard the Seven Seas Voyager. The ship will ply the
Baltic, between Stockholm and Copenhagen, calling at Tallinn,
Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Visby, Sweden; and St. Petersburg,
Russia. Some cruises are themed, focusing on, for example, jazz or
antiques. Per person fares start at $3,996.
FAM OF THE WEEK
Departure: May 28 from Santiago, Chile, land only.
Length: Nine nights.
Sponsor: EcoAdventures, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Cost: $1,389 per person, double. Includes hotel,
transfers, sightseeing and some meals.
Trip: Visits the Colchagua Valley, Puerto Varas
and Santiago, Chile, and Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible at the same
rate. The single supplement is $395.
Contact: (800) 326-5025; fax: (408) 465-8277;
e-mail: [email protected].