Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: Aug. 7, 2006

CLIENTEASE, a database manager and accounting product for home-based agents, has launched an automated (no duplicate data entry) procedure for charging service fees to client credit cards, provided the agents obtain their merchant account through First Data Independent Sales Service. Darla Graber, president of the ClientEase, said her company will eventually work with other credit card service providers, but launched the new module with First Data because it is entirely Internet-based like ClientEase. There is no need to physically run cards through a machine. Details are at www.clientease.com.

THE OUTSIDE SALES SUPPORT NETWORK, which represents home-based agents, has moved its headquarters from Jupiter, Fla., to a new location in Bradenton, on Floridas west coast. OSSNs new address is 22410 68th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34211. The new telephone number is (941) 322- 9700, and the new fax number is (561) 658-3922. The associations toll-free number, Web address and primary e-mail addresses will remain the same.

EDUCATION UPDATE: ASTA has unveiled the Jordan Destination Specialist course. It is available on CD-Rom and was crafted in cooperation with the government of Jordan. The course is being offered at the introductory price of $64 for ASTA members and $74 for non-members. A pdf version is available for $44 for members, $54 for non-members. Prices for the course will increase by $15 after Aug. 31. For more information, visit www.astanet.com/education/studycourse_jordan.asp.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Costa Rica

Trip: A six-night version takes in Arenal, Manuel Antonio National Park and tours San Jose. The nine-night version of the program substitutes Puerto Viejo and Sarapiqui for Manuel Antonio.

Departures: Daily through Nov. 30 from San Jose, Costa Rica, land only.

Length: Either six or nine nights.

Sponsor: Carlson Wagonlit Travel Costa Rica, San Jose.

Cost: $600 for the six-night program or $1,025 for the nine-night program, per person, double. Includes accommodations, transportation within Costa Rica, most meals, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Noteworthy: Single supplements are available.

Contact: (506) 280-0122; fax: (506) 280-2449; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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