Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Sept. 18, 2006

VACATION.COM will roll out its Knowledge is Power training tour in six cities this fall. The program incorporates scenario-based training, led by training specialists. Admission is free to members. The schedule is as follows: Tampa, Sept.19, Sheraton River Walk; Orlando, Sept. 21, Marriott Orlando Airport; Boston, Oct. 5, Hilton Boston Back Bay; San Diego, Nov. 7, Doubletree Hotel San Diego Del Mar; Seattle, Nov. 8, Embassy Suites -- Bellevue; and Denver, Nov. 9, Doubletree Downtown Denver. More details are at

MEMBERSHIP in the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents doubled in the last year to a total of 4,000 individual travel sellers, according to Joanie Ogg, the organization's president. The significantly larger NACTA also will expand the reach of its annual national meeting, formerly the NACTA Conference. It will be renamed the Home-Based Agent Summit, open to all home-based agents, Ogg said. The event is set for Nov. 29 in Ft. Lauderdale.

WHILE AT ASTA'S THETRADESHOW in Orlando, NACTA also rolled out an updated Web site, including full redesign to the subsets of the main site, such as the site for host agencies, a site for supplier members and another members-only component. Ogg said the NACTA sites are now easier to navigate besides being more attractive. Also, she said NACTA will launch a Cruise [email protected] in 2007, which replaces seminars at sea that were less structured.


DATEBOOK: OSSN Orlando will sponsor a chapter meeting Sept. 27 featuring a Barbados Dinner Seminar. The free event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held at the Orlando Marriott Downtown. RSVP to [email protected].



Trip: Visits Athens, Delphi and Olympia with extensive sightseeing in each destination.

Departures: Oct. 26 or Nov. 3, 10 and 24 from Olympia, land only.

Length: Six nights.

Sponsor: Reko Tours, Astoria, N.Y.

Cost: $759 per person, double. Includes hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, transfers and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $100 additional; child rates are available. Additional charge for roundtrip air.

Contact: (800) 251-0230; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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