Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: April 10, 2006

STEVE TRACAS is poised to take the helm at, following the announcement last week that CEO Dick Knodt is stepping down. Knodt was named president and CEO of in 2001 after serving as the organizations chief operating officer for nearly three years. Tracas was formerly president of Orbitz for Business, the online travel agencys unit focused on corporate travel. He also was vice president of sales and marketing for US Airways and held a number of management positions at American Airlines and Sabre.

KNODT said he would serve as a consultant to and Amadeus, Vacation.coms parent, until June 30. Tracas will join on April 17. He will be based at Vacation.coms headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and will be responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the organization serving the U.S. and Canada.

IN OTHER VACATION.COM NEWS, Stevens Travel Management, the corporate travel agency headquartered in New York, has joined the network. The agency will utilize Vacation.coms preferred-supplier relationships to market leisure travel to its corporate accounts and power its vertical search engine with vacation products.

DATEBOOK: Denver, Colo.-based Travel Professionals of Color will hold its fourth annual conference and trade show from May 4 to 7 at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. Conference topics include learning how to direct minority travel dollars to minority travel agents and learning how to market to all minority communities. For more information or to register, contact Betty Jones at (303) 297-3208 or via e-mail at [email protected].



Departure: May 19 from New York to Cairo via Egypt Air.

Length: Eight nights, including a five-day Nile River cruise on the Oberoi Shehrayar.

Sponsor: Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, Fla.

Cost: $1,270 per person, double. Includes international air, a four-night hotel stay, the cruise, all meals, flights within Egypt, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Trip: Visits Aswan, Cairo, Edfu, Esna and Luxor.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $1,580.

Contact: (800) 244-3483, Ext. 120; fax: (772) 287-5990.

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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