Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: November 28, 2005

TRAVEL PLANNERS International this month rolls out ClientBase Browser to its independent and outside agents. The tool, which interacts with the TRAMS accounting system used by the firm, will enable agents to create invoices and track commissions. It will store client details, creating client profiles in a database, which will allow PNRs to be built.

THE HOST AGENCY said the tool would increase productivity and booking levels by enabling agents to market to their client list. Details are at www.travelagentfromhome.com or through the director of agency relations, Kim Sherrett, at (800) 631-3636, Ext. 217.

GLOBUS and VACATION.COM teamed up to offer member agencies a chance to win a $1,000 MasterCard Gift Card for every 2006 Globus Europe vacation booked by Nov. 30 for travel completed by Oct. 31. To help sell the escorted and FIT products, Globus is offering a $300-per-couple savings on 2006 air-inclusive Globus Europe vacations for clients of Vacation.com member agencies. More details are available at www.agentnet.com or by calling (800) 843-0733.

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. extended its early-booking window to Dec. 31 because its traditional peak booking period was affected by hurricanes. The situation at the time made it very difficult for our [repeat] customers to choose their voyages and book with us for 2006," President Bruce Nierenberg said.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Papua New Guinea

Departure: Feb. 24 from Los Angeles to Port Moresby via Air Niugini and Singapore Airlines.
Length: Seven nights.
Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New York.
Cost: $2,195 per person, double occupancy. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, sightseeing, some meals and air transfers within Asia.
Trip: Visits Madang, Mount Hagen, Port Moresby and Tari, Papua New Guinea. Also spends an overnight in transit at the Narita Excel Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo.
Noteworthy: The single supplement is $440. Companions are eligible. Business-class air upgrades are available. Rates from Tokyo can be arranged.

Contact: (800) 355-8025; fax: (212) 629-9992; e-mail: [email protected].

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