Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: March 28, 2005

FLYING HIGH is the name of the first annual conference sponsored by the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST), the industry marketing group for home-based agents. The event will be held Sept. 12 to 14 at the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. Senior vice president Stuart Cohen, who announced the date and venue, added that the group reached a milestone of signing on 175 members who are home-based and proud.

ALONG WITH motivational sales and marketing training, the conference will give agents and suppliers a unique way to interact and network, using an Inside-Out tradeshow approach, Cohen said. Agents will work the booths and suppliers will walk the floor. Every NEST member agency will receive a tabletop display that they can decorate as they wish in order to attract suppliers to learn about their agency. For more information on the conference, contact Cohen at (888) 245-NEST, Ext. 2341. The groups Web site is at www.jointhenest.com.

FORTY AGENTS from around the country, the majority home-based, completed requirements for the Level 1 Travel Sales Certification designation, said Cruise Agent Only, a Fort Lauderdale-based educational organization. The agents constitute the first graduating class of Cruise Agent Onlys Cruise University. The event took place aboard the Norwegian Sun.

THE PROGRAM combines seminars with an onboard cruise experience and a series of exams, said Charlie Dubinsky, president of the 2,500-member organization. Travel agents interested in learning more can contact Cruise Agent Only at (954) 491-2269. Its Web site is at www.cruiseagentonly.com.

FAM OF THE WEEK
Hawaii

Dates valid: Year-round for overnight stays.
Sponsor: Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.
Cost: $59 at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, $79 at the Princess Moana Surfrider or Sheraton Waikiki and $139 at the Royal Hawaiian. Rates are per room, per night.
Noteworthy: When booking, travel agents must ask for rate plan TAED.
Contact: (800) 782-9488; Web: www.starwoodhawaii.com/agents.

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