Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: March 13, 2006

COMING TO YOUR TOWN? The Home Based Success Series is about to go on the road again. The series of educational seminars give home-based agents step-by-step tips and insights on how to build a successful group business, according to the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel and the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents, the two sponsoring trade organizations. Other sponsors are Globus and Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises.

DATES for the next Home Based Success Series are: March 27 (Orlando), March 28 (Charlotte, N.C.), March 29 (Independence, Ohio), March 30 (Columbus, Ohio) and March 31 (Troy, Mich.). The events are open to all home-based agents. In response to requests from participants, each session now includes more than four hours of group, product, sales and marketing training. Speakers include Stuart Cohen, senior vice president of Nest; Joanie Ogg, president of Nacta; and representatives from Globus and Royal Caribbean/Celebrity. For more information or to sign up, go to www.homebasedsuccessseries.com. The RSVP deadline is March 23.

THE BIG EASY: W Hotels Worldwide reopened its two New Orleans hotels -- the 423-room W New Orleans and the 98-room W French Quarter -- that were shuttered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After six months of reconstruction, the hotels have been restored to their original state.

FAM OF THE WEEK

Russia

Departures: May 13 through Sept. 20 from Moscow to St. Petersburg, cruise only.

Length: 10 nights.

Sponsor: Ambassador Cruise Lines, Boca Raton, Fla.

Cost: $1,295 per person, double. Includes three meals daily, entertainment, guided tours, transfers and shore excursions.

Trip: Cruises the Volga River between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Visits six cities along the way.

Noteworthy: Single supplements are available.

Contact: (800) 255-5551; e-mail:[email protected].

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