Travel Weekly's Home-based Agent E-letter: September 5, 2005

NEST, the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel, is gearing up for its first annual conference, Flying High, Sept. 12 to 14 at the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. More than 200 people are expected to attend, and over half of the NEST agent community will be represented, said Stuart Cohen, senior vice president. The conference agenda includes a bevy of guest speakers, product seminars, sales and marketing training, and a tradeshow.

IN OTHER NEWS from the marketing group for home-based retailers, Stuart announced the roll out of NESTDirect, a direct-mail program designed to boost bookings. We have created a portfolio of professionally designed marketing pieces ranging from postcards to brochures. The member agency simply submits its mailing list, and the organization produces and distributes customized direct mail pieces to the agencys chosen clients on their behalf, said Stuart. The first 150 pieces of each mailing are free. Additional quantities are available at a discounted price of 25 cents each. Learn more about NEST on line at www.jointhenest.com.

RBC INSURANCE, a Canadian travel insurance company, became a Vacation.com preferred supplier. RBC has been a preferred supplier for Vacation.com Canada for 18 years.

DATEBOOK: OSSNs Houston Chapter meeting Sept. 15 will feature Melody Fee, vice president of the network. Her talk, called Issues and Answers for Home-Based Agents, starts at 7 p.m. at Pappadeaur, in Houston. RSVP by e-mail to [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Israel

Departures: Every Sunday from New York or Los Angeles to Jerusalem via British Airways.

Length: Six nights.

Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Cost: $1,400 per person, double, from New York or $1,550 from Los Angeles. Includes roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, breakfasts daily and sightseeing.

Trip: Visits Haifa, Jerusalem, Massada, Nazareth, Tel Aviv and Tiberias.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $100 additional. Airline taxes are $200 additional.

Contact: (800) 223-7552; fax: (727) 784-7520; e-mail: [email protected].

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