Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: July 31, 2006

SABRE CANADA has signed a letter of understanding with Toronto-based host agency Travel Source Network, under which Sabre will partner with the Canadian operation to promote the hosts business north of the border. Sabre owns the Nexion host agency in the U.S. and said it expects to take advantage of that experience in working with Travel Source Network. James McNair, president of Sabre Canada, said, No existing company in Canada can offer our technology platform, buying power or services. Larry Finn, president of Travel Source Network, said his organization is preparing for aggressive growth over the next three years.

STERLING VACATIONS is promoting a series of fall and winter European fam trips to home-based and independent agents. A spokeswoman for the firm said agents must present a valid agent ID card from an established industry entity, such as CLIA, Iatan or OSSN. We just want them on our products so they can sell them to their clients, the spokeswoman said. Fam rates start at $499 per person ($100 additional for a guest) for a five-night Greek Island and Turkey trip, part of which is onboard a cruise ship. Several other trips are priced higher. Agents can see a listing of options at Retailers can e-mail [email protected] or call (866) 345-7755.


Norwegian Cruise Lines has implemented fleetwide cellular phone service technology, thanks to a service provided by Wireless Maritime Services. All passengers on NCL ships can use their own mobile telephones no matter where the ship is, according to the line. In addition, passengers with data-capable devices can access data services, such as e-mail, Internet and picture messaging.



Trip: Visits Dunhuang, Kashgar, Lazhou, Shanghai, Turpan, Urumqi and Xian.

Departure: Sept. 15 from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Shanghai via Asiana Airlines.

Length: 13 nights.

Sponsor: Eastern Travel, Salt Lake City.

Cost: $2,799 per person, double. Includes air, accommodations, transfers, an overnight rail transfer, most meals, admission fees and sightseeing.

Noteworthy: Single supplements and companion rates can be arranged.

Contact: (888) 682-7035; fax: (801) 466-5966; e-mail: [email protected].


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