TOURS, an operator specializing in the Caribbean, aims to
attract more agent business with a new incentive program. Joe
Walkosky, director of national accounts, said the firm is eager to
work with home-based retailers. Under the incentive program, agents
who book $50,000 in total revenue through May will qualify for a
seven-night vacation in a three-bedroom villa on St. Lucia. The
award will be limited to the first five agents, or agencies, that
reach the benchmark, he said. The firm works with some 300 resorts,
hotels and villas, mostly high-end, throughout the Caribbean,
Walkosky said. Agents can contact him with questions about programs
or the incentive program at (800) 860-8013, Ext. 1016.
PLANNERS CFO Lynn Korn joined the American Express U.S.
Representative Network Advisory Board. Korns new position will
enable her to provide input on Amexs products, programs and
services from the perspective of a travel supplier. Cruise
Planners, the Coral Gables, Fla.-based company that counts many
at-home agents among its franchisees, last year became an American
Express Travel Services Representative agency. Korn will serve a
three-year term on the board.
POCKET: Mile Hi Tours said agents earn an automatic 15%
commission when booking clients on Mexico vacations on line at
www.milehitours.com through April 5. Retailers
first must register at the site. The tour operator noted that it
enables agents to put a 48-hour courtesy hold on reservations
without giving credit card information.
WorldClass Travel Network
Address: 115 Wells Fargo Plaza, 7900 Xerxes Avenue South,
Suite 115, Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 835-8636
In business since: 1991
Number of agent members: 150
Annual sales: $18 million
Costs to join/monthly fees: None; depends on
Industry affiliations: ASTA, CLIA, OSSN, Nacta,
Commission split: 80/20
FAM OF THE
Departure: March 26 from Columbus, Ohio, to Shannon, via
Length: Six nights.
Sponsor: Prime Tours, Dublin, Ohio.
Cost: $1,649 per person, double. Includes
roundtrip air, accommodations, transfers, most meals, admission
fees and sightseeing.
Trip: Visits the Cliffs of Moher, Ennis,
Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and Waterford. Spends three nights at
the Hotel Brehon in Killarney and three nights at Kilkea Castle
Noteworthy: Companions are eligible at the same
rate. In addition, agents can sell the trip to clients at $1,799
per person, double, for 10% commission.
Contact: (800) 833-1356; fax:
(614) 766-5455; e-mail: [email protected]; Web: www.goprimetours.com.