Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Nov. 26, 2007

NEST, the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel, will offer a series of niche marketing seminars prior to its Viva Las Vegas NEST FEST from Dec. 2 to 5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Seminars will focus on honing high-end selling skills, selling destination weddings and targeting multi-generational travel. For more information about the event, NEST agents can call Rosemary Sarkis at 888-245-NEST, Ext. 3007 or e-mail [email protected].

BOB DICKINSON, the retiring Carnival CEO, will host America's Vacation Center's final online Travel Executive Forum of the year on Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. EST. AVC said Dickinson will offer "exclusive sales insight to all travel professional attendees," in addition to an update on Carnival and his opinion on the future of the cruising industry. Up to 1,000 agents can register for the session on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are at www.travelexecutiveforum.com.

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: Holland America Line's newest ship, the Eurodam, will be christened in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 1 before it embarks on a 10-day maiden voyage from Copenhagen, Denmark. The ship will sail its inaugural season in Europe, followed by sailings in Canada and New England in the fall and the Caribbean in the winter. The Eurodam, the first of HAL's Signature-class ships, will feature two new alternative-dining venues that feature pan-Asian and Italian cuisine.

DATEBOOK: The OSSN Kansas City Chapter will meet Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. for a benefits and networking session. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents as well as non-members at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Overland Park, Kan. The meeting is free for OSSN members and $5 for non-members. Agents should RSVP via e-mail to [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Sponsor: Hyatt Place.

Dates valid: Through Dec. 31 for two-night stays at select properties.

Cost: Complimentary first night with additional nights starting at $59 per room.

Noteworthy: Stays must begin on a Friday or Saturday. Request code NXCW for the free night and NXCX for the additional nights. For a list of available locations, visit HyattPlace.com or check the Hyatt Place directory in the GDSs.

Contact: (888) 492-8847.

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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