VACATION.COM arranged for members to
receive a discounted rate for Amadeus e-Cruise, a cruise booking
tool. The tool allows complete booking control from beginning to
end, business reporting and daily operational monitoring for
agencies. Based on a three-tier design, which includes a consumer
booking engine controlled by the agency, agent booking engine and
reporting tool, the Internet-based system requires minimal
training, said the network.
VACATION.COM NEWS, Radius was named a preferred supplier.
The agreement to make the Radius Preferred Hotel Rate Program
available to member agents adds more than 11,000 individually
contracted hotels in more than 2,400 cities. The properties are
listed in the GDS under the WTT rate code. There is no fee to
enroll in the Preferred Hotel Rate Program. The network also has
recently signed Pleasant Holidays, Homeric Tours, Marriott
International and London Gray Line, which includes Golden Tours and
Frames Rickards Tours of London, as preferreds.
RENTALS 4 AGENTS, a Parsippany, N.J.-based supplier of
accommodations in the U.S. and Europe, partnered with the Travel
Institute's E-Learning Center to offer online training. As a bonus
for participating, travel agents who complete the program can get a
$50 bonus after their first booking with the company. Vacation
Rentals 4 Agents is a unit of the RCI Global Vacation Network. The
firm offers commissions ranging from 12 to 20 percent. Its online
course will address the characteristics and benefits of a vacation
rental, why booking vacation rentals makes sense, identifying
vacation rental customers and resources to help book vacation
rentals. Retailers interested in signing up can visit www.vacationrentals4agents.com or call (866)
PORT HOLE: Independence of the Seas, the third in Royal
Caribbean International's Freedom class of ships, will be based in
Southampton, England, when it debuts in May 2008. The vessel will
be the largest ship ever to be based in Europe and one of three
largest ships in the world. The ship is under construction at Aker
Yards in Turku, Finland.
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay and
Departures: Every other Wednesday through
Sept. 19 from Bangkok to Yangon via Myanmar Airways or Bangkok
Length: Eight nights.
Sponsor: Myanmar Tourism Promotion Board,
Cost: $500 per person, double. Includes air
within Asia, hotel, breakfast daily, transfers, sightseeing and
Noteworthy: The companion rate is $700; the
single supplement is $100. In addition, there are two condensed,
four-night trips being offered at reduced rates during the same
months. Each of these add-on trips starts at $400 per
Contact: (011) 95-1 242-828; fax:(011) 95-1
242-800; e-mail: [email protected]; Web: www.myanmar-tourism.com/mystical_fam_trips.htm.
Editor: Donna Tunney
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