Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Sept. 11, 2006

AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER, an American Express Travel Representative, began offering health insurance packages to its home-based independent contractors. Brad Anderson, AVC co-president, said agents can choose which products they want. Offerings include major medical, limited medical, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, accident/short-term disability insurance and prescription discount card. Participating insurers include AIG, Genworth and Assurity. Agents interested in affiliating with AVC can call (800) 521-2597 or visit www.JoinAVC.com.

THE OUTSIDE SALES SUPPORT NETWORK relaunched its Web site [at www.ossn.com], which now has more than 5,500 individual pages designed to meet the needs of home-based travel agents. OSSN, which represents more than 6,000 retailers, and Primary Hub, its Web developer, invested nine months in the site's upgrade. Gary Fee, OSSN's president and founder, said the new site has an online version of the OSSN Member Manual. The new site also provides an online WelcomeCenter with links to OSSN's most requested aids and tools. "In the past, our agents were forced to call OSSN headquarters for these materials, and we sent them out via regular mail," Fee said.  

TOUR DESK: Travel Impressions launched a booking engine on its Web site called Quest for Agents, which gives retailers several expanded capabilities, including the ability to add travel agency surcharges to invoices. Details are at www.travelimpressions.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Fiji

Trip: Two nights at the Sonaisali resort, located near Nadi Town on the main island of Fiji, followed by a three-night stay at Castaway Island Resort in Mamanuca.

Departure: Nov. 14 from Los Angeles to Nadi via Air Pacific.

Length: Five nights.

Sponsor: Pacific Holidays, New York.

Cost: $895 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals, transfers and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $1,395 per person.

Contact: (800) 355-8025 or (212) 629-3888; fax: (212) 629-8882; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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