Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: May 5, 2008

CRUISEONE and CRUISES INC. named Dwain Wall senior vice president, replacing Vivian Ewart, who joined Norwegian Cruise Line as vice president of passenger services. Wall most recently was responsible for securing strategic accounts at Hotels.com. His 25-year career in the travel industry began at the branch-management level of Carlson Wagonlit Travel. He then helped launch Grand Expeditions, the luxury and adventure travel company. Wall begins in early May at Cruises Inc./CruiseOne offices in Fort Lauderdale, and will report to Brad Tolkin, co-CEO of parent company World Travel Holdings.

GRANDTRAVEL, a unit of Academic Travel Abroad and based in Washington, has a new London-Paris itinerary it says will appeal to clients looking to book a multi-generational vacation. A spokesman said the tour company does not differentiate between brick-and-mortar agents and home-based and/or independent ones. "As long as they have a CLIA or IATAN card, the commission is 10%," he said. The new program is designed to provide a bonding experience between grandparents and grandchildren, with activities ranging from a whirl around the London Eye to a dinner atop the Eiffel Tower. Departing July 19, the trip features accommodations at London's Kempinski Courthouse and at Paris's Hotel du Louvre. Rates are from $7,495 per person, triple.

A NEW REPORT from PhoCusWright, the travel industry research and intelligence firm, has found the travel agency distribution channel "represents a large and dynamic opportunity, accounting for nearly $110 billion in sales, or 41% of all travel booked in the U.S." PhoCusWright said the report, titled Travel Agency Distribution Landscape: 2006-2009, presents "the first definitive sizing and analysis of the travel agency marketplace" and was conducted in partnership with ASTA, ARC, CLIA and Performance Media Group. Its results were based on a survey of nearly 1,900 agents and 60 interviews. Research included information from home-based as well as storefront retailers.

DATEBOOK: The OSSN Inland Empire Chapter will meet on May 20 at noon for a workshop with Collette Vacations. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents as well as non-members at Marie Callender's (3969 W. Florida Avenue, Hemet, Calif.). The meeting will be free for attendees, courtesy of Collette Vacations. Agents should RSVP via email to [email protected] or call (951) 927-3224.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Curacao
Trip:
Overnight stay between Jan. 6 and Dec. 23 at the Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club or the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino in Willemstad.
Sponsor: Kura Hulanda.
Cost: $99 per room, per night at either resort. Stays must be completed within 30 days of booking; rates are not valid during major holidays.
Contact: Reservations must be made via e-mail to Jody DeLeon at [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone:
(508) 221-3674
[email protected] 
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