Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: September 12, 2005

IN THE WAKE of Katrina's devastation, the travel industry mobilized to launch relief efforts and to disseminate information to retailers whose businesses are affected. Carnival committed three ships to relief efforts under a lease agreement with Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASTA established a Hurricane Help Web page at www.astanet.com/hurricanehelp, where ASTA members in need of assistance can have their requests posted. Members who can and are willing to provide services are asked to contact ASTA at [email protected] or by calling (800) ASK-ASTA. Global Travel, in Maitland, Fla., is offering assistance to colleagues and fellow travel professionals in several ways, including use of office space, technology, ticket fulfillment and call center support. For details, call (888) 214-0749.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS are donating or matching contributions. ARTA said it would donate a portion of all membership dues collected through Sept. 30 to Katrina disaster relief funds. For anyone joining as a new member, rejoining as a past member or renewing a membership, ARTA will donate 10% of the dues to the American Red Cross or the Humane Society of the U.S. The ARTA Web site also has been updated to enable individual donations to the American Red Cross or Humane Society from the site at www.artaonline.com.

CRUISE.COM, meanwhile, said it is donating a portion of its proceeds from every cruise booking made between Sept. 6 through Sept. 30 to the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. Cruise.com also is working to coordinate additional support from the major cruise lines to match the dollars raised. Enterprise Rent-A-Car donated $1 million to the American Red Cross. For full coverage of the industrys response, go to www.travelweekly.com.

THROUGH THE PORTHOLE

Holland America Line rolled out a group program called Group Early Advantage, designed to help agents generate more group business during the first half of 2006. The line is offering group savings on bookings deposited by Oct. 31 on a number of cruises through May 2006, as well as a 1:12 tour conductor credit and one- and two-category upgrades. Agents can book electronically at [email protected] or by calling (800)426-0327.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Mediterranean

Departure: Oct. 14 from New York to Venice via Air France.

Length: Nine-day cruise from Venice on the Dalmacija.

Sponsor: Unique World Cruises, Manhasset, N.Y.

Cost: $998 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, lower-deck accommodations, four meals daily and entertainment.

Trip: Visits Corfu, Greece; Dubrovnik, Korcula, Pula and Split, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; and Venice.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $100 additional. Taxes are not included. If agents book a group of nine, 15 or 20 passengers on any of Uniques air-inclusive cruise/tours in 2005 for a minimum of eight days within one year of the fam trip, the cost of the fam will be reimbursed as a credit on the group invoice.

Contact: (800) 669-0757 or (516) 627-2636; fax: (516) 365-1667; e-mail: [email protected]

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