Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Oct. 1, 2007

AMRESORTS, the hotel and brand management company for Secrets, Dreams and Sunscape resorts, is encouraging independent and home-based retailers to participate in its free Master Agent online education programs. Proof of CLIA or IATA affiliation is required. Once agents complete the course, they become members of the company's "database of loyal partners." A spokeswoman for the company said member agents receive exclusive promotions and special offers to events, and can participate in fam trips. The education program, which was launched last year, will be expanded this fall with a second phase that allows registrants to gain access to the Master Agent Web site and receive a live connection to a corporate reservations center. Member agents must present an IATAN card or other official form of proof of employment to receive retailer rates at AMResorts properties.

NACTA is gearing up for its Travel Professionals 2.0 Conference on Nov. 28 in Fort Lauderdale. Designed as a peer-to-peer event, the daylong program will feature successful agents sharing their knowledge with others. Slated for the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, the event also will feature a technology forum and a trade show. Additionally, panel discussions are planned, along with a program on host agencies. Major cruise lines and tour operators are sponsors of the program. Sign-up information and the conference agenda are at www.nacta.com.

CRUISE AND TOUR company executives will headline the Platinum Luxury Society's International Luxury Symposium, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Pier Top on Nov. 28 in Fort Lauderdale. William Brown, Platinum Luxury's president and CEO, said the forum of industry experts invited to the symposium are Jim Baer of Princess Cruises, Lee Robinson of Cunard, Jim Smith of AutoEurope, Scott Ahlsmith of Virtuoso and Scott Koepf of Nexion. The event is sponsored by Costa Cruises. Agents may sign up at www.platinumseminars.com. The cost is $49.

TRAVEL GUARD rolled out upgrades to its portfolio, including a new cancel-for-any-reason option available with the vendor's per-trip, bundled insurance plans. Other options, also available with per-trip programs, provide coverage for children under the age of 18 (if related to the primary insured traveler), cancellation for work reasons and medical evacuation to the insured's home. Another option is Identity Theft Restoration, which assists a traveler in protecting his or her identity if ID and credit cards are stolen during a trip. With existing options, coverage limits were increased without a rate change in most cases, the vendor said.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Fiji

Trip: Sails around the Fiji Islands visiting various destinations, depending on the cruise itinerary selected.

Departures: Weekly through March 31, ranging in length from three to seven days, on the Fiji Princess, Yasawa Princess, Mystique Princess or Nanuya Princess, depending on length of cruise and itinerary selected.

Sponsor: Blue Lagoon Cruises, Lautoka, Fiji Islands.

Cost: Five different itineraries are offered, priced from about $80 to $216 per person, double.

Noteworthy: Rates are for lowest-deck accommodations with upgrades, subject to availability, at $99 additional per person, per deck. Companions are eligible.

Contact: E-mail: [email protected]; Web: www.bluelagooncruises.com for itineraries.

Home-Based Agent Editor: Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

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