HELP member agents affected by Hurricane Katrina, many of
whom are home-based, Vacation.com deferred billing for membership
dues, technology fees and other charges for agencies with ZIP codes
in areas that sustained heavy damage.
MEMBER agents in the affected regions are
encouraged to contact Vacation.com's Membership Services Department
at (800) 843-0733 to discuss ways in which the organization can be
of assistance. Agencies should also provide a temporary address
where Vacation.com can forward payments such as CruiseCentre
commissions and other agency incentives.
IN OTHER KATRINA news, Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
canceled the December sailings on the Delta Queen and the December,
January and February sailings on the Mississippi Queen, while
altering the November itineraries on both ships. The line said
damage to the New Orleans area makes it impossible for the company
to operate its regularly scheduled fall and winter cruises, which
typically sail from New Orleans to towns along the southern
ALSO, IATA and IATAN agreed to waive the 2006
Annual Service Fee of $65 per location for agencies in Alabama,
Louisiana and Mississippi. Agents who have inquiries on the policy
can call IATAN at 877-734-2826.
FAM OF THE WEEK
Departure: Nov. 7 from Vancouver to Shanghai via
China Eastern Airlines.
Length: Seven nights, including a five-day cruise
aboard the Yangtze Princess.
Sponsor: Orient Odyssey, Point Roberts, Wash.
Cost: $897 per person, double. Includes roundtrip
air, accommodations, three meals daily, the cruise and all shore
excursions, air and motorcoach transportation within China, guided
tours and transfers.
Trip: Spends three nights in Shanghai and cruises
the Yangtze between Yichang and Chongqing.
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $100
extra. Single supplements are available. Visa fees and taxes are
Contact: (800) 637-5778; fax: (604) 669-6197;
e-mail: [email protected].