DETERMINING the role of host agencies,
learning how to launch a home-based travel agency and making the
transition from a brick-and-mortar location are among the topics of
discussion at the annual Home-Based Show for Travel Agents, Oct. 19
to 21. The Outside Sales Support Network, an organization for
at-home and/or independent retailers, is holding its annual
conference in conjunction with the show and will present a series
of programs such as those noted above.
SHOW is being produced by Travel Industry Shows at the San
Jose (Calif.) Convention Center in tandem with the Honeymoon and
Romantic Getaways show. OSSNs conference is at the nearby Fairmont
Hotel in San Jose. Agents can sign up and receive early-bird
pricing through May -- $49, not including a hotel stay. Details are
at www.homebasedagentshow.com (promotion code: 3044), or
call (925) 701-0225. Other participating industry groups include
the Travel Institute, CLIA and Global Travel
OSSN President Gary Fee said that his
decision to present his annual conference in conjunction with the
Home Based show was based on the secure knowledge that this was the
most tried-and-true formula for his travel agent and supplier
members in a proven venue. He added that the previous Home Based
show in Baltimore last September drew 1,363 travel agents from 44
states and five Canadian provinces.
POCKET:Railagent.com boosted its commission rate to 13.5% for
all new Eurail bookings made before May 31. Travel agents receive
same-day order processing and instant commission checks, regardless
of the travel date. Get details at www.railagent.com.
FAM OF THE
Trip: Visits Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai,
Yichang and Xian and cruises the Yangtze River.
Departures: July 5 and 19 and Aug. 2 from
Beijing, land only.
Length: Nine nights, including a two-day
Yangtze River cruise.
Sponsor: Abercrombie & Kent, Oak Brook,
Cost: $1,370 per person, double. Includes
accommodations, the cruise, most meals, transfers, sightseeing fees
and services of a tour escort.
Noteworthy: The single supplement is $437.
The companion rate is $1,470 per person. Air between Yichang and
Shanghai is an additional $392 per person.
Contact: Fax: (630) 954-3324; e-mail: [email protected].
Phone: (508) 221-3674
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