Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Nov. 20, 2006

THE LEADING TRAVEL COS. will host a series of seminars to educate travel agents about the various companies under their umbrella and how to take their businesses to the next level. The co-sponsoring partner is Carnival Cruise Lines. Consultant Marc Mancini will present the seminars, which include a sales skills workshop and a mini trade show. Upcoming dates and locations are: Houston, Dec. 12; Atlanta, Dec. 13; and Tampa, Dec. 14. Agents can get more details at

NACTA membership has doubled in the last year to 4,000 travel sellers, said Joanie Ogg, president. The group will expand the reach of its annual national meeting, formerly the NACTA Conference and now the Home-Based Agent Summit. The summit is open to all home-based agents. The event is set for Nov. 29 in Fort Lauderdale.

DATEBOOK: Cruise University, the travel agent training program for U.S. and Canadian retailers, will be held aboard the Carnival Spirit on a sailing from Vancouver, May 9 to 16. Along with onboard training, the CVBs in Vancouver, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan will host seminars for participating agents. Agents interested in learning more or making reservations for Cruise University can contact Cruise and Travel Agents Only at (954) 491-2269 or visit

TOUR DESK: Tauck World Discovery is introducing a cruise program to Papua New Guinea for 2007, the operator's first trip to the island and one of the few programs to Papua New Guinea offered by an American tour operator. Itineraries and details are at



Dates valid: Through Dec. 21 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Palm Beach, Aruba.

Cost: From $119 to $174 per night, double.

Noteworthy: Agents booking clients at the hotel from Aug. 20 to Dec. 21 earn 15% commission.

Contact: (800) 223-6388 and ask for rate code TVL.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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