Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: November 14, 2005

EDUCATION UPDATE: Cruise University, the Fort Lauderdale-based agent educational organization, reports that 37 more retailers completed requirements for their Level 1 Travel Sales Certification designation, bringing to 150 the total number of agents achieving the standing. The most recent instruction took place aboard the Carnival Victory following CLIA's cruise3sixty conference, said Charlie Dubinsky, president of Cruise Agent Only, which administers Cruise University.

THERES A REAL THIRST out there for self-improvement, which I think is very gratifying, said Dubinsky. During the course, agents attended three CLIA courses presented by CLIA trainer Cella Baker, and received training from educational consultant Marc Mancini and from Dave Stockert, director of Sales from Holland America. More information about the university program is at www.cruiseagentonly.com.

IN YOUR POCKET

Tour operator Travel Impressions is offering a fully-commissionable "Cancel For Any Reason" travel insurance plan that is available for any package. Retailers who book the protection plan receive their usual commission for each plan sold, from 10% to 15% based upon production. Additionally, travel agents' commissions are protected up to $100 per booking on all cancelled reservations that are paid in full. Get details at www.travelimpressions.com.

TOUR DESK

Brian Moore International Tours 2006 brochure offers 11 escorted tours with new itineraries in Ireland and Scotland, plus combined Britain and Ireland programs. The Britain and Ireland Self Drive product was expanded for FIT clients, and the firm said it has "vastly increased" its hotel collection in Britain. Programs and booking details are at www.bmit.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Idaho

Date valid: Jan. 2 for a five-night stay at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Tours, San Diego.

Cost: $325 per person, double. Includes a five-day activity card (valid for lift tickets, cross-country skiing, snowshoe rentals, ski or snowboard lessons, ice skating, Sunday brunch and massage treatments).  

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible at the same rate.

Contact: (800) 850-7669, Ext. 202; e-mail: [email protected].

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