Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: May 2, 2005

BIG-GAME 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 www.ossn.com.

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

Argentina/Chile

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].

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