Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: February 13, 2006

CRUISE PLANNERS, the cruise agency franchisor that counts many at-homes among its members, said it set a sales record in 2005, breaking the $100 million mark. In 2004, sales reached $85 million, the firm said. Cruise Planners began operation in 1994, when it was still unusual to use agents selling out of their homes. That year, the company had $3 million in sales.

REINFORCING the companys growth, officials said, were its recent rankings in Entrepreneur Magazine. In the cruise-only agency category, Cruise Planners has ranked first for three consecutive years. Agents looking to affiliate with Cruise Planners should contact Diane Chiafair at (888) 582-2150 or visit www.cruiseagents.com.

JOYSTAR, a host agency, reported it reached $60 million in annual sales. Willliam Alverson, CEO of Joystar, said the company continues to enhance its hosting program and in January signed contracts with agents representing an estimated $10 million in annual sales. Joystars financial report cites a Credit Suisse First Boston estimate that the home-based agency model represents $7.6 billion in annual sales. It also estimates the number of at-home agents will reach 25,000 this year and 50,000 by 2010.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Hungary

Dates valid: Through March 31 for three-night stays.

Sponsor: Tradesco Tours, Los Angeles.

Cost: From $79 per person, double, per night. Includes accommodations at a choice of hotels, buffet breakfast daily and a three-day Budapest Card.

Trip: Visits Budapest.

Noteworthy: The Budapest Card covers public transportation and discounts on museums, shopping and restaurants. The single rate starts from $100. Extra days can be added on. The rate is valid for travel agents and airline employees and their companions.

Contact: Fax: (239) 495-5092; e-mail: [email protected].

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