Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Nov. 8, 2004

WEB LAUNCH: The U.S. division of Globus, which includes Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and Brennan Vacations, launched a Web site for home-based agents (www.globusathome.com) and plans to invest an unprecedented amount of resources into the segment, according to a spokeswoman. The site will sell Globus and Cosmos brand escorted tours and Monograms hosted vacations; currently, Brennan Vacations will not be sold on the site. The company also is providing the home-based segment a dedicated phone line and customized marketing material.

AGENTS CAN sign up at the site to become enrolled in the companys home-based agent network. The base commission rate is 10% but moves to the next bracket after just two vacations sold. The rate increases to 13% with sales over $7,500. As an introductory offer, Globus is awarding a $25 MasterCard Gift Card for every booking made and deposited on the Web site between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.

AN EXTREME MAKEOVER CONTEST is making its way to home-based travel agents -- and to their home-based offices. Royal Caribbean International said its Extreme Home Office Makeover contest will give six winners -- one from each of Royal Caribbeans sales regions -- a complete makeover of their home offices. The winners each will get $1,000 towards a new office. Royal Caribbean said experts -- including teams from the lines new building and fleet operations department -- will help create attractive and functional spaces. Agents should send photos of their current home setup and a one-paragraph pitch on how a new office would help them sell more Royal Caribbean product, to [email protected] or by mail to Royal Caribbeans corporate headquarters, attention Chris DeSouza. Applications will be accepted through November.

HOST AGENCY SPOTLIGHT
Cruise Value Center
6 Edgeboro Road
East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
Phone: (800) 231-7447
Web:www.cruisevalue.com

Years in business: 12
Annual sales: $70 million
Number of agent members: 150
Cost to join: none
Monthly fees: $25
Industry affiliations: Nacta, Iatan, CLIA, ASTA, OSSN
Commission split: based on volume

DATEBOOK: Representatives from Oceania Cruises, Rail Europe and REZ Connect will make presentations at the Central N.J. OSSN chapter meeting Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Dennys Restaurant, Rt. 18, East Brunswick, N.J. The cost to members and nonmembers is $5 for beverage only, $12 for dinner and beverage. RSVP by e-mail to [email protected] or call (732) 251-1775.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Morocco
Departure:
Dec. 27 from New York to Casablanca via Royal Air Maroc.
Length: Nine nights.
Sponsor: Oussaden Tours, New York.
Cost: $2,295 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals, sightseeing and transfers.
Trip: Visits Altbenhaddou, Erfoud, Essaouira, Fez, Ifrane, Marrakesh, Ourzazate, Rabat, Volubilis and Zagora.
Noteworthy: Single supplement $750; companion rates available.
Contact: (800) 206-5049 or e-mail [email protected].

CORRECTION: The Web site for the Kimpton Hotels Group is www.kimptonhotels.com. An incorrect Web site appeared in the Nov. 1 Home-based Agents E-letter.

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