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.
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
Trip: Visits Aswan, Cairo, and Luxor,
Egypt, as well as Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo and Petra,
Departures: Saturdays through 2006 from Los
Angeles or New York to Cairo via EgyptAir.
Length: 11 nights.
Sponsor: Tours Specialists, Palm Harbor,
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].
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].