Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: January 30, 2006

PRO TRAVEL, the host agency based in Fresno, Calif., has some ambitious goals for 2006, including doubling the number of its independent agents, an effort that would boost its ranks to nearly 10,000. President Paul Henderson said the firm is debt free and profitable and will be publicly traded by March or April. Henderson says Pro Travel, which was built around the premise that we wanted to become one of the largest host agencies in North America, has 4,800 agents. All independent agents are required to participate in comprehensive training sessions, and must be booking travel prior to issuance of any industry ID cards, Henderson said. Agents have continuous access to our support and training staff, headed by Michelle Lowery, the firms vice president of travel operations.

THE COMMISSION SPLIT is 75% to 85% based on production levels, and there are no monthly fees for access, Henderson said. Pro Travel aims to significantly increase production per agent with increased training and powerful marketing tools. Travel revenue at the agency is up 700% percent compared to last year, he said. Agents can learn more at www.protravelnetwork.com.

IN YOUR POCKET: Qantas Vacations and its sister brand, Jetabout Vacations, launched the FamFund agent incentive program. Agents enrolled in the program can accumulate the equivalent of 2% of their land sales as travel credits into special FamFund accounts. Each travel credit is worth $1 toward the purchase of Qantas Vacations products. Visit the travel agent section of www.qantasvacations.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Israel

Departure: Feb. 24 from any Continental gateway to Tel Aviv.

Length: Nine nights.

Sponsor: Yalla Tours USA, Portland.

Cost: From $1,495 to $1,695 per person, double. Includes air, lodging, transfers, most meals, sightseeing and entrance fees.

Trip: Visits the Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Masada and Tel Aviv.

Noteworthy: Trip is aimed at agents organizing Christian pilgrimage groups.

Contact: (800) 644-1595 or (503) 977-3758; fax: (503) 977-3765; e-mail: [email protected].

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