Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: Sept. 25, 2006

WORLDVENTURES, a Dallas-based online travel company and host agency for home-based travel agents, said it exceeded $2.6 million in total travel sales in its first nine months of business. Co-founders Mike Azcue and Wayne Nugent launched the company late last year. The company's retail travel Web site houses the PowerSearch search engine, which generates bookings through the company's home-based agents and group travel desk.

THE NETWORK OF ENTREPRENEURS SELLING TRAVEL, a marketing group for home-based agents, will hold NEST Fest 2006 during a three-day Bahamas cruise aboard the Carnival Sensation from Oct. 26 to 29. The cruise sails from from Port Canaveral, Fla. The conference features product seminars from preferred suppliers, sales and marketing training, networking opportunities and a supplier trade show. The event also will include a session of the Home Based Success Series, a collaborative educational program created by NEST, the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents, Globus and Royal Caribbean/Celebrity. The series has toured the U.S. during the past year. For more information about NEST Fest 2006, contact Andy Wainer at [email protected] or call (888) 245-NEST, Ext. 3008.

 

THROUGH THE PORT HOLE: Tauck World Discover in 2007 will roll out an 11-night cruise program called Istanbul and the Black Sea. The program will be operated aboard the 90-passenger Le Levant and include four nights in Turkey. Rates are from $5,990 per person, double. Departures are set for next July and August. Details are at www.tauck.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Aruba

Dates valid: Through Dec. 21 for overnight stays.

Sponsor: The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Palm Beach, Aruba.

Cost: From $119 to $174 per night, double.

Noteworthy: Agents booking clients at the hotel from Aug. 20 to Dec. 21 earn 15% commission.

Contact: (800) 223-6388. Ask for rate code TVL.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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