Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Oct. 9, 2006

THE HOME-BASED Success Series, a cooperative educational program between NACTA, Globus, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, released its fall schedule. The series brings four-hour training seminars to at-home retailers around the country. Registration is required by Oct. 13, and there's a $15 charge that covers the seminar and breakfast. Dates and locations are: Oct. 16, Minneapolis; Oct. 17, New Orleans; Oct. 18, San Antonio; Oct. 19, Albuquerque, N.M.; and Oct. 20, Las Vegas. Sign-up information is at www.nacta.com.

THE NEW ERRORS-AND-OMMISSIONS coverage offered by Travel Professionals Insurance Network was approved for sale in 41 states and the District of Columbia, leaving nine where approvals are still sought: Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. TPIN launched three E&O products in May.  In some states, TPIN allows agents with $5 million or less in annual gross receipts to apply for and pay premiums online by credit card at www.taprotect.com.

VIRTUOSO began recruiting independent agents with an e-mail blast to 20,000 retailers. Mark Belles, executive vice president of sales and service, said the effort was part of a multi-pronged initiative to locate independent agents who could affiliate with current Virtuoso agency members. Belles said there are "about 200 new people in the pipeline" so far.

DATEBOOK: The Williamsburg, Va., OSSN chapter will feature Carnival Cruise Line during its Oct. 17 meeting. The gathering is at 7 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, in Williamsburg. There is no admission charge. RSVP by e-mail to [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

California

Dates valid: Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: The Claremont Resort & Spa, Berkeley, Calif.

Cost: 50% off the lowest available rate.

Noteworthy: Agents booking clients for stays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 get 15% commission.

Contact: (800) 551-7266.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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