Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Oct. 23, 2006

JOYSTAR, the Alisa Viejo, Calif.-based host agency, purchased a $2 million professional liability insurance policy that covers all of its home-based travel agents. "The high cost of E&O Insurance has been a major topic of concern for all travel agents," noted William M. Alverson, chairman and CEO. "The bottom line is everyone makes mistakes. Without coverage you risk losing everything. Being covered under professional liability insurance isn't just to protect you in case of negligence. It can also save you from embarrassment and a tarnished business reputation when a client asks if you are covered."

THE OUTSIDE SALES SUPPORT NETWORK has advised members to use registered e-mail when corresponding with clients. OSSN, comprised of independent retailers, endorsed Rpost, a product that generates a tamperproof, registered receipt containing data that proves the time and date when an e-mail was received and its contents. "RPost will give our members a simple tool that makes their e-mails completely accountable and Verifiable," said Gary Fee, OSSN's founder and president.

TOUR DESK: Ethiopian Airlines unveiled three tour programs designed to appeal to the U.S. market, including one that combines Ethiopia with Kenya, enabling Ethiopia to piggyback on one of Africa's most popular destinations. Pricing and details are at www.ethiopianairlines.com.

 

FAM OF THE WEEK

St. Thomas

Dates valid: Through Dec. 15 for four-night stays.

Sponsor: Bolongo Bay Beach Club, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.

Cost: The first two nights are free, and each additional night is 50% off when a minimum of four nights is booked on the resort's European Plan. Also includes a "discover scuba diving" in-pool lesson, use of nonmotorized watersports equipment and use of all resort facilities. The discounted rate through Aug. 31 and from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 is $100 per night; from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, the rate is $90 per night.

Noteworthy: The rate does not include 15% tax and service charges.

One companion is eligible in the same room. Any additional people are charged a nightly extra-person rate.

Contact: (800) 524-4746; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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