TRAVERUS, a host agency based in Dallas, is
taking its travel business to the air waves with the launch this
week of a weekly Internet radio program designed to drive bookings
to its 150 home-based retailers. The one-hour show will air on
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. EST on Voice America Internet Radio at www.voiceamerica.com. TraVerus owner David Manning
said the show will feature celebrity and supplier interviews and
Hot Travel Deals of the Day.
MANNING said the show will be a tool for
our network of independent home-based travel agents, because they
can feature their own packages on the shows Web site. Vendors can
show undersold inventory on the Web site, and listeners will be
able to book products. Karen Needham, business development director
for Carnival Cruise Line, is the industry guest for the premier
show, which airs April 18. Information about TraVerus is at www.traverus.com.
IATA backpedaled on its plan to annually
test all applicants for its agent ID cards. Although the tests are
already being developed, a decision about whether to go forward
with the testing program -- as well as what the parameters of any
testing program might be -- has been put on hold pending an Iatan
advisory board meeting in May. At-home and independent agents are
eligible for the ID card if they meet certain criteria. News of the
program triggered negative responses from some agents, who either
asserted that the tests were not necessary to certify their
knowledge, doubted that they could be designed fairly or questioned
whether an airline industry association was the appropriate entity
to be testing agents on all manner of travel-related
FAM OF THE
Departures: June 3 and Sept. 5 from London,
Length: 13 days on Louis Cruises
Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin,
Cost: $999 per person, double.
Trip: Visits Copenhagen, Denmark; Hamburg,
Germany; Helsinki, Finland; London; St. Petersburg, Russia; and
Noteworthy: A guaranteed oceanview cabin is
$150 additional. Companion rate is $1,099. Port taxes are not
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