Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: May 21, 2007

WANT SOME INSIGHTS into the tour operator business? Travel Impressions president and CEO Steve Gorga will provide information about the travel and tour operator industry to travel agents as part of an on-line webinar scheduled for May 22, at noon EST, with Travel Executive Forum, a free online venue that enables agents to interact with travel industry leaders. During the webinar, Gorga will provide suggestions on what to look for in a tour operator partner as well as an update on Travel Impressions' products and services. A Q&A session will follow. As an incentive for participating in the webinar, retailers will have a chance to win a four-night vacation at the Excellence Riviera Cancun, an all-inclusive resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya. To register for the webinar, travel agents should visit www.travelexecutiveforum.com and click on the "register now" button on the homepage. The webinar is open to the first 1,000 registrants.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL this month will add a feature to its agents-only Web site, CruisingPower.com, that enables agents to promote themselves on the line's consumer Web site, RoyalCaribbean.com. The tool allows agents to create an online profile, with a company logo or photo, CLIA accreditation, and any specialties in market segments and destinations via CruisingPower.com, which will then be accessible by consumers through the "Locate a Travel Agent" tool on RoyalCaribbean.com, the cruise line said. Once launched, consumers can take advantage of the function by searching for a local or specialized travel agency by name, city, state, and zip code and view the agency's profile by clicking on the "About this Agency" link on the results page.

VACATION.COM in June will roll out the Vacation.com Power of Partnership (POP) awards to recognize and reward outstanding suppliers. The awards will be based on votes from Vacation.com members on AgentNet, with the results revealed at a special ceremony during Vacation.com's 9th International Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans, June 27 to July 1. Agents can vote for suppliers based on quality of service; marketing support; value; point of differentiation the supplier offers through the Vacation.com relationship; reliability, responsiveness and effective problem solving, and overall commitment to the Vacation.com travel agent channel. To register online for the conference, visit www.AgentNet.com.

IN YOUR POCKET: Travel Impressions extended its 15% commission offer on all Tahiti & Her Islands bookings through the end of 2007. Check out the offering at www.travelimpressions.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Caribbean

Trip: A stay at Galley Bay, Grand Pineapple Beach or St. James's Club on Antigua; Windjammer Landing on St. Lucia; Palm Island in the Grenadines; or Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Dates valid: Through June 30 and Sept. 1 through Nov. 15 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: Elite Island Resorts, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Cost: All-inclusive rates range from $79 to $119 per person, single or double, per night. Rates cover meals, beverages, activities, nonmotorized water sports, resort taxes, service charges and gratuities.

Noteworthy: American Airlines is offering roundtrip fares for $169 per agent and $209 per companion. Agents must fill out a booking form via the Web site: www.eliteislandresorts.com\fams. Reservations confirmed via fax only.

Contact: Fax: (954) 418-0888.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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