Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Nov. 13, 2006

HOME-BASED travel agents from the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel gathered recently for the NEST FEST 2006 Golden Egg Awards ceremony aboard Carnival's Sensation, as the group made its way back from a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. Awards were presented to the top-producing NEST agents for 2005. They were: VacationTime Travel, Bob and Donna Lyons; Travel with Donnie, Donnie Titus; Cruise Travel Services, Jerry and Myra Funkhouser; Hahn Blue Sky Travel, Linda Hahn; and Vacation Shoppe Inc., Sherry Kennedy.

MORE WINNERS: Two home-based agents were the winners in Travel Bound's special incentive promotion that ended Sept. 30. Stephanie Nguyen of Falls Church, Va., and Ann Roth of Side by Side Travel in Norwich, N.Y., each won a Toshiba Personal Laptop computer by booking more than $50,000 in group business with Travel Bound. 

FOR NACTA MEMBERS who are affiliated with a host agency, the most common commission split is 70/30, according to NACTA's 2006 Independent Agents Demographic Profiling Survey. The second-most-frequent split is 80/20. Some retailers keep all commissions and pay a monthly fee to the host. Of agents who do so, the average monthly fee this year is $69.76 vs. $87.85 in 2005.

IN YOUR POCKET: Travel Bound extended its offer of an extra 5% commission on bookings of its entire hotel inventory worldwide. The offer applies to all new bookings for travel through Dec. 29. The bonus pay is on top of the operator's standard 10% commission; commission overrides apply based on volume.



Dates valid: Through Dec. 31 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London.

Cost: $99 per room, double, plus VAT for stays in the hotel's executive guest rooms or $175 per room, double, plus VAT for stays in an apartment.

Noteworthy: All requests must be made in writing on agency stationery with the agent's IATA number and sent via fax to the hotel's reservations manager.

Contact: fax: (800) 335-3200.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].


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