Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: July 10, 2006

AMERICAS VACATION CENTER, a host agency based in San Diego, has launched BizDev Central, a Web portal that its agents, several hundred of whom are home-based, can use to obtain marketing collateral, view vendor policies and promotions, and check out supplier incentives. The portal was developed using AVCs Agent Power software. AVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Full Service Travel and a member of the American Express Travel Service Representative Network; it is accredited by CLIA, Iatan and ARC. Retailers can learn more by calling (866) 520-2133 or visiting www.JoinAVC.com.

JOYSTAR, a host agency based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., has introduced Agent Advantage XP, a no-fee membership plan for experienced travel agents joining the companys network. Agents receive 80% of their commissions for the first $10,000 in annual gross commissions; they get 90% for everything over $10,000 in gross commissions. The plan also includes a private-label Web site.

THE TRAVEL ZONE, a former host travel agency based in West Palm Beach, Fla., has relaunched the company as a technology provider. On July 30, the Travel Zone is set to introduce Agent RC, a Web-based hosting solution that connects the host agency, outside travel agents and vendors in a community-based environment, said the company.

FARTHER AFIELD: If the figures for 2005 are any indication, Europe could receive more U.S. travelers this year than the record 13.12 million who visited in 2000. Theres been a steady increase since 2003. There were 12.6 million U.S. visitors in 2005, surpassing the European Travel Commissions projected figure of 12.4 million.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Greece/Turkey

Trip: Spends three nights in Athens and three days cruising the Aegean Sea, visiting Mykonos, Piraeus, Rhodes and Patmos, Greece; and Kusadasi, Turkey.

Departures: Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 from Athens.

Length: Six nights, including a three-day cruise on Louis Cruise Lines Perla or Royal Olympics Aegean 1.

Sponsor: Sterling Vacations, Austin, Texas.

Cost: $599 per person, double. Includes hotel, sightseeing, a tavern dinner in Athens and the cruise.

Noteworthy: Guaranteed oceanview cabins are $150 extra. The companion rate is $699. Taxes and fees are not included. Optional excursions to Delphi or Argolis, Greece, can be added for $79.

Contact: (866) 345-7755; fax (512) 345-7722; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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