BOOKINGS for fall and winter travel appear to have slowed
to a trickle, some at-home agents are reporting. According to Kaye
Horacek of Waco, Texas-based Vacations Unlimited, customers are not
planning vacations in advance. Several [of my] clients have shown
interest in Europe for next year. They seem to be waiting to see
what things will be like, and wondering if the [November] election
will affect safety in Europe in 2005, she said. The situation is
similar for San Diego-based at-home agent John Clifford of
International Travel Management. He characterized advance bookings
as virtually nonexistent, adding that the last-minute trend is back
with a vengeance.
MEANWHILE, clients booking last-minute
trips are keeping her busy, but Horacek said shes been wasting too
much time on people who call her for comparison prices. The agent
said she might put this message on her phone: Vacations Unlimited
travel planners work by appointment only. Please leave a message
and an agent will return your call. The home-based retailer said
she hopes the message will discourage those just looking for
VACATION.COM on Aug. 31 will launch two
tools for creating Web sites -- NexCite and Power NexCite. The
tools were developed by Passport Online. NexCite enables members to
include on their Web sites all exclusive preferred-supplier offers
found at Vacation.coms AgentNet VacationPort. Power NexCite is a
premium version of the tool.
DATEBOOK: The St. Louis chapter of OSSN
will hold a meeting on Sept. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at the Maryland
Heights Centre, Maryland Heights, Mo.. The featured speaker will be
Oceania Cruises sales representative Tricia Huels. Theres a $10
cost for members; $20 for non-members. RSVP to Nancy Baxter at
(314) 401-1517 or [email protected]. A light dinner will be
FAM OF THE
Departure: Oct. 15 from
San Francisco to Hanoi, Vietnam, on China Airlines.
Sponsor: Eastern Travel,
Salt Lake City.
Cost: $2,349 per person,
double. Includes roundtrip air, air within Asia, hotel
accommodations, most meals, transfers and sightseeing.
Trip: Visits Angkor Wat,
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia; Luang Prabang and Vientiane,
Laos; and Can Tho, Cat Ba Island, Chau Doc, Halong Bay, Hanoi and
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Noteworthy: This trip is
an agents-only trip. The single supplement is $550.
Contact: (801) 466-8811;
fax: (801) 466-5966; e-mail: [email protected].
CLARIFICATION: The Travel Institute lowered
the price of its Gay and Lesbian Travel specialist program to $59
from Aug. 1 to 31. Other specialist programs will be discounted on
a rotating basis. Incorrect information appeared in the Aug. 23
Home-based Agent E-letter.