MANCINI, an industry consultant
will help shape Cruise Agent Only's educational programs, said
Charlie Dubinsky, president of the 2,600-member training
organization. Mancini will focus on criteria, standards, testing
and content for the organization's Travel Sales Certification
program (TSC). The TSC, in turn, will be part of Cruise Agent
Only's Cruise University, a program presented onboard cruise
sailings throughout the year. Dubinsky said Mancini also will lead
some of the seminars. Agents interested in learning more can call
(954) 491-2269 or visit www.cruiseagentonly.com.
TRAVEL is heating up for some
at-homes. Greta Inowlocki, owner of inTrend International Travel in
West Nyack, N.Y., said her clients are interested in Caribbean
cruises or island stays. The problem, she said, is finding
affordable air fares from the New York area. "Clients refuse to pay
$800 to $900 roundtrip, per person to any Caribbean destination,
and cheaper fares don't seem to be available," she said. The
dilemma has caused her to lose bookings. The trick, she said, is to
book well in advance. "I have a feeling that more and more people
are not booking in advance anymore," she said.
NEW YEAR'S cruises are bringing
in business for Kaye Horacek, of Vacations Unlimited in Waco,
Texas. However, she said her clients don't want to travel too far.
"They are all leaving from the Gulf on Western Caribbean [cruises]
or taking Panama Canal cruises," she said. Horacek added that she's
been getting robust group bookings for next year to Las Vegas,
Jamaica and for Alaska cruises.
BUSINESS: Aimee Ricca,
meanwhile, of Bonne Amie Travel in Rockport, Maine, said her
holiday business is slower than in previous years, but she is
seeing activity for the first and second quarters of 2005. Ricca,
one might recall, is on the cast of the Travel Channel's show
Vacation Challenge. In each episode, Ricca and other retailers
customize itineraries and compete for business. The show airs on
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