Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: January 16, 2006

A NEW CHAPTER of the Outside Sales Support Network is forming in Massachusetts this year. The OSSNs Southeastern Massachusetts Area Chapter is headed by Ellen Paderson, while the existing Cape Cod and Rhode Island Chapter is run by Christine York. Paderson, who owns Smiles and Miles Travel, in Easton, Mass., said the region needs two chapters so that meetings convenient to members can be more easily scheduled. Paderson said her chapter would draw members from the south of Boston to the northern fringes of the state.

A GOOD MIDWAY meeting point, she said, will enable more agents to attend and to network with other industry professionals. Padersons chapter met for the first time last week, in Dedham, Mass., and will meet again March 1. Like other OSSN chapters, Paderson is planning to bring in speakers and reps from major suppliers. I would also like to have a rep from an insurance company to come in and discuss their product. I am hoping by the end of January to have at least a six-month schedule of meetings and speakers lined up, said Paderson. Agents can learn more about the chapter by e-mailing the director at [email protected].

IN YOUR POCKET: Book a select EEI Travel package to Europe and South America by Jan. 30 and earn a $50 commission bonus. Any reservation on a tour package or customized itinerary with a total value of at least $2,500 is eligible for the incentive. Agents can learn more at the companys Web site,, or they can call a reservation specialist at (800) 927-3876.

DATEBOOK: The Houston Chapter of OSSN is holding a seminar called Share and Share Alike 2006. Chapter director Jeff Grieder will host the program, which is set for Jan. 19, 7 p.m. at Joes Crab Shack, in Houston. RSVP by e-mail to [email protected].



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: Via fax at (239) 495-5092; e-mail: [email protected].


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