VACATION.COM this fall will bring its
educational and training sessions to members' desktops with
webinars offered through the Agent Advancement Center. According to
Steve Tracas, president and CEO, agents have the opportunity to
participate in training events remotely with the use of their
computer and telephone to listen, view and discuss topics in a
real-time environment. Courses being offered are Introduction to
AgentNet, Sept. 5 and 19; Amadeus Cruise, Sept. 12 and 26;
Concierge Host Training for Vacation Vignettes, Sept. 12 and Nov.
14.; and VacationPort on Sept. 20 and Oct. 18. All courses are
included as part of an agent's annual Vacation.com membership. Due
to limited space, agents are urged to register in advance on www.agentnet.com.
LIVE, an event immediately preceding the annual Jurni
conference later this month, will feature a series of educational
sessions for independent agents. The program, starting at noon on
Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Arlington, Texas,
includes topics such as legal issues for at-home retailers,
peer-to-peer mentoring and how to work effectively as a home-based
agent. The Jurni conference begins Sept. 27 at the same hotel.
Visit www.jurni.com for more information.
ASSOCIATION of Central New Jersey Travel Professionals
will mark its 25th year in 2008 and will celebrate the milestone
with an event next spring. Donna Carlin, first vice president, said
the nonprofit group has 225 agent members and 53 vendor members. It
holds educational seminars, some tied to CLIA courses, and sponsors
monthly networking meetings. Carlin said the majority of members,
65%, are home-based or independent retailers; 20% are
brick-and-mortar agents, and the remainder are suppliers. Carlin,
who owns Stepping Out Travel Services, in Brick, N.J., said
meetings are held in Ocean and Monmouth counties September through
June, and that new members are welcome. The annual membership fee
is $35. Agents interested in learning more can contact Carlin at
DATEBOOK: The OSSN Fort Worth (Texas)
Chapter will meet Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. for a meet and greet and
planning session. The chapter will welcome OSSN agents as well as
non-members at the Olive Garden restaurant behind Ridgmar Mall.
There is no cost for the meeting (beyond the agent's own dinner).
Jeff Grieder, OSSN's Midwest regional manager, will attend, and
OSSN will conduct a random drawing for a free one-year membership.
Agents should RSVP via e-mail to [email protected]
or by phone, (817) 535-7077.
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Dublin and Galway.
Departures: Nov. 15 and 29, Dec. 6 and 13,
Jan. 24 and 31, and Feb. 7 from Boston, Chicago or New York to
Dublin via Aer Lingus.
Length: Four nights.
Sponsor: Sceptre Tours, Lynbrook,
Cost: $675 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, accommodations, Irish breakfast daily, sightseeing
and land transportation.
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for the
same rate. Taxes and fees of about $95 are not included in the
Contact: (800) 221-0924.
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].