Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: October 3, 2005

GLOBUS, the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA), the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) and Royal Caribbean International Celebrity Cruises are rolling out a second tour of their educational program called the Home Based Success Series. The tour, which was launched in August, will visit five cities this month, with two ships serving as training venues for the series. Agents can expect three hours of intensive workshops delivering product information, insider group tips, effective/cost-efficient group sales and marketing strategies, and an overview of Web and technology resources.

AGENTS can attend the program in Bayonne, N.J., Oct. 17, aboard the Constellation; Hartford, Conn., Oct. 18, at the Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill; Atlanta, Oct. 19, at the Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter; Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 20, aboard the Enchantment of the Seas; or Tampa, Oct. 21, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The cost is $15 and covers breakfast or lunch, depending on location. Joanie Ogg, NACTA president, said retailers who participated in the August programs gave the series an overwhelming thumbs up.

GLOBUS home-based business consultant, Alleigh Greir, said at-home retailers are priceless partners, who on average sell more than four group tours each year. Stuart Cohen, senior vice president of NEST, added that the October programs will offer an enhanced module on seeking out group business and maximizing profits. Details are online at www.nacta.com.

GARY FEE, president of the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), will address the networks Palm Beach, Fla., members at a meeting in Boynton Beach Oct. 20. The free event starts at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Suites of Boynton Beach. For details and to RSVP, e-mail: [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

China

Departure: Nov. 7 from Vancouver to Shanghai via China Eastern Airlines.

Length: Seven nights, including a five-day cruise aboard the Yangtze Princess.

Sponsor: Orient Odyssey, Point Roberts, Wash.

Cost: $897 per person, double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, three meals daily, the cruise and all shore excursions, air and motorcoach transportation within China, guided tours and transfers.

Trip: Spends three nights in Shanghai and cruises the Yangtze between Yichang and Chongqing.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible for $100 extra. Single supplements are available. Visa fees and taxes are extra.

Contact: (800) 637-5778; fax: (604) 669-6197; e-mail: [email protected].

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