Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: May 22, 2006

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EDUCATORS Doris and Phil Davidoff will offer their seminar, Group$=Profit$, on a one-week western Mediterranean cruise, July 28 to Aug. 4. Space is available for a limited number of travel agents and their guests. The seminar is designed for travel agency owners, managers, sales agents and home-based travel agents who want to develop, sell and operate group cruises and tours, secure unique groups at profitable rates that cannot be shopped from agency to agency and set up systems to assure efficient operations and profitability.

THE CRUISE, aboard Louis Cruise Lines Coral, is roundtrip from Barcelona. Seminars will be held during time at sea. A Sterling Vacations English-speaking escort will be on board. The Davidoffs are veteran agents and educators, well known in the industry for more than 30 years. Cruise fares, which cover the seminars, start at $849 per person, double. Visit Davidoff Associates Web site, www.davidoffassociates.com, for information and to register. The Davidoffs can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone, (800) 754-3170.

EDUCATION UPDATE: IATAs plan to test travel agents before issuing its sought-after ID cards appears to be dead following a meeting of the Iatan board, an advisory group to IATAs agency program in the U.S. Iatans agent ID cards are widely accepted for fams and supplier upgrades. The board told IATA that the project was too complex and a possible waste of resources. Agents had criticized the proposal.

DATEBOOK: OSSNs Florida chapter will meet June 8 to learn about BedsOnline.com. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. at 7083 Grand National Drive, Orlando. Get details by e-mailing chapter director Patricia Saizan at [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Dominican Republic

Trip: Accommodations are at the Occidental Caribbean Village Playa Dorada, Occidental Playa Dorada, Occidental Grand Flamenco Puerto Plata, Bahia Principe San Juan, Jack Tar Puerto Plata or Marien Coral by Hilton, all in Puerto Plata.

Departures: June 30 from New York to Santiago via American or Delta.

Length: Four to seven nights.

Sponsor: Caribbean Sun Vacations, Astoria, N.Y.

Cost: From $449 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, all-inclusive accommodations and transfers.

Noteworthy: The rate is valid for agents and family members; child rates are slightly lower.

Contact: (800) 515-3147; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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