Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: February 27, 2006

CVBHOTRATES.COM, an online national sales office sponsored by convention and visitor bureaus, launched the Planner Perks Reward Program. It enables planners to earn points for meetings and events confirmed through www.plannerperks.com. Points can be redeemed for travel, electronics and household goods. Participation in the program is free to qualified meeting planners.

INDEPENDENT AND THIRD-PARTY PLANNERS are welcome to join the program, said Web site President Donovan Shia, as long as they meet the 10-room-night requirement. Shia said independent agents and planners can quickly find availability and group pricing for their small group, reunion or other event bookings. Provided the minimum-night rule is met, there is no charge, he said. Once an event has been booked, planners log in to confirm and redeem their points, which are earned based on each room night. We spent our first year building the technology platform and adding content from leading cities. This is our second year of operations and we are now getting into the meat of the marketing plan, Shia said. For details, visit www.cvbhotrates.com.

LEARN ABOUT BARBADOS at the March 7 meeting of the Memphis chapter of OSSN. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Marriott and is free for members. Others pay $5. Reserve a spot by e-mailing [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Nassau/Paradise Island

Departures: March 16 or 30 from New York to Nassau via Delta.

Length: Four nights.

Sponsor: Reko Tours, New York

Cost: From $529 per person, double. Includes air, inclusive accommodations and transfers.

Trip: Hotels are the Holiday Inn, Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort, Riu Paradise Island or Wyndham resorts.

Noteworthy: The companion rate is $75 additional; rates for children are available.

Contact: (800) 251-0230; e-mail: [email protected].

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