NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMISSIONED TRAVEL AGENTS is set
to raise its dues within a few weeks, although President Joanie Ogg
said the amount has not been determined. Currently, individuals pay
$125 to join and $85 annually to renew; home-based agencies pay
$195 and $155, respectively. For host agencies, a bare-bones
membership category, involving only a listing at the NACTA Web
site, has been eliminated, leaving a single category that carries
an entry and annual renewal rate currently of $195.
AGENTS who book high-end groups are eligible for bonus
commissions and travel incentives if they qualify as top producers
for Intrav's 2006 Private Jet Collection. The company said
home-based agents must have an Iatan or CLIA ID number in order to
make bookings. Intrav's portfolio, which features upscale amenities
in the air and top-rated destinations, is geared to groups of up to
44 members. The product line is at www.intrav.com. Retailers can talk to Intrav's
private jet coordinator, Kerry Ghormley, at (888)
POCKET: Dollar Rent A Car rolled out a loyalty program for
agents called Dollar Dividends. It's free to join and member agents
earn points each time they book a Dollar
car rental for their clients. Once agents earn 25 points, they will
receive a branded, personalized American Express reward card. Get
details at www.travelagent.dollar.com.
PORTHOLE: Carnival Cruise Lines said the 110,000-ton
Carnival Freedom will operate seven-day Caribbean cruises
year-round from Miami beginning in November 2007. The Freedom is
under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.
The 2,974-passenger ship will operate alternating eastern and
FAM OF THE
Trip: Spends three nights in Ariau and one
night in Manaus.
Departures: Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays through Nov. 26 from Los Angeles, Miami, New York or
Orlando to Manaus via Copa Airlines.
Length: Four nights.
Sponsor: Latour, an Isramworld company, New
Cost: $892 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals and sightseeing as
Contact: (800) 825-0825; e-mail: [email protected].
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].