Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: Sept. 4, 2006

TRAVEL COUNSELLORS, the largest operator of systems for home-based agents in the U.K., has entered the U.S. market with the creation of Travel Counsellors LLC in Orlando. Travel packages will be sold exclusively through its home-based affiliates via a proprietary booking system. The upfront fee to join, $495, will be waived for any agent who has the Travel Institutes CTC designation and the cruise lines MCC accreditation. Joiners without those credentials are required to commit to obtain both within 12 months. The requirements, the company said, are meant to differentiate us from the card mills.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMMISSIONED TRAVEL AGENTS is gearing up for its annual Travel Retailing and Destination Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Sept. 10 to 12. NACTA President Joanie Ogg said this years event will celebrate the associations 20th year of operations and will feature a Home-Based Agents Appreciation Day. Ogg said the appreciation day, set for Sept. 13, would be held at future expos, too. Details and registration are at www.nacta.com.

DATEBOOK: The Missouri OSSN chapter will hold a meeting on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., at the Maryland Heights Centre in St. Louis. A representative from MSC Cruises will address the group. A light dinner is included. The cost for members is $5; non-members pay $10. Get details by e-mailing [email protected].

FAM OF THE WEEK

Egypt/Jordan

Trip: Visits Aswan, Cairo, and Luxor, Egypt, as well as Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo and Petra, Jordan.

Departures: Saturdays through 2006 from Los Angeles or New York to Cairo via EgyptAir.

Length: 11 nights.

Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Cost: $2,160 per person, double, from New York, $2,260 from Los Angeles. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, most meals, sightseeing, transfers and a Nile River cruise.

Noteworthy: Single supplements are available; the companion rate is an additional $100.

Contact: (800) 223-7552; e-mail: [email protected].

Home-Based Agent Editor:

Donna Tunney

Phone: (508) 221-3674

[email protected]

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