Sunset Resorts Jamaica Unveil Agent Fam Rates

Sunset Resorts, owners and operators of Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios, and Sunset at the Palms in Negril, is luring agents with new fam rates for home based travel agents.

The company also launched a new brochure so home based travel agents have a new tool to sell their clients on Sunset Resorts. Home based travel agents are asked to register online at www.sunsetresortsjamaica.com, where they can enter each of the resort's individual websites.

They can just simply click on the new "Travel Professionals" link to sign up for news and promotions as well as order brochures. Valid for travel now through June 15, 2006.

Agents can visit each of the resorts for only $69 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The rate applies to spouse/companions. If agents wish to bring their children, regular child rates of $30 net per child per night are extended. Single occupancy rates are $119 per person, per night. Rates include accommodations with a private balcony, all meals, bar beverages, wine by the glass, all non-motorized water sports, tennis, nightly entertainment, taxes, and gratuity. For more information, call 800-234-1707 or visit www.sunsetbeachjamaica.com.

To become a travel agent and travel at agent rares go to www.homebasedtravelagents.org

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Destination Hawaii, a Journey to Paradise

Like snowflakes or fingerprints, no two Hawaiian islands are exactly alike. While every Hawaiian island boasts magnificent beaches, great culture, and fantastic cuisine, each island has something unique to offer.

Kauai is the most lush and tropical of all the Hawaiian Islands, with cascading waterfalls, white beaches, and serene rivers. In Kauai you can explore the rugged and beautiful Na Pali Coast by kayak and look for nesting sea turtles along remote beaches. You can learn the hula, enjoy the majestic views of the Waimea Canyon, or take the river ride to the Fern Grotto - a breathtaking cave lush with ferns and waterfalls.

The island of Oahu is home to some of the most famous destinations on the islands. The world's most famous beach, Waikiki, is ideal for swimming, surfing, or just soaking up the sun. Honolulu is home to historical landmarks and monuments such as Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. At Oahu's North Shore, you'll marvel at thrilling 30-foot waves and enjoy world-class surfing, and body boarding.

Maui is one of the most popular islands for return visitors, because of its spectacular natural scenery, prestigious resorts, and wide selection of activities to choose from. During the winter, you can find yourself encircled by migrating humpback whales. You can take a half-day or daylong charter and go fishing for mahi mahi and ahi tuna. If you're looking to relax for the day, take the road to Hana, bordered by waterfall pools, botanical gardens, and lush rain forests.

The island of Hawaii is called the "Big Island" for a reason -- it is larger than all the other islands combined. The Big Island is home to the world's most active volcano, Kilauea, which is celebrating 20 years of continuous eruption. Visitors can watch as hot lava flows into the ocean and see the color and texture of molten rock that photographs can never adequately capture. A true golfer's paradise, the golf course of the Big Island Country Club offers a challenge to all levels of players and is one of the most spectacular courses anywhere. With crystal blue beaches and great weather year round, there's never a bad time to visit the Hawaii Islands.

Whatever island (or islands) you choose, your vacation will be a journey to paradise.

Home based travel agent not only get paid for selling Hawaii they get to travel to Hawaii at travel agent rates or go on travel agent FAM trips. To become a travel agent go to www.homebasedtravelagents.org

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Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Ready to Open

The new Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will officially open April 15
with the arrival of Cunard's Queen Mary 2. The opening of the $52 million Brooklyn facility will help increase cruise capacity in New York while minimizing congestion at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, which will limit capacity to three berthing spaces from five, said Bronson Fox, assistant vice president of transportation for the New York City Economic Development Corp.

"We are shifting future growth to Brooklyn," Fox said. "This facility is meant for the larger ships." Brooklyn will also host Princess Cruises' Crown Princess when it makes its debut in June. The Brooklyn terminal is in a neighborhood called Red Hook, home to art galleries, restaurants and shops. "The Brooklyn terminal is right across from the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan," Fox said during a press briefing at CLIA's cruise3sixty show. "When the cruise executives saw the view, they were sold on it." For more information, visit www.nycruiseterminal.com or www.nycvisit.com

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Baby Boomer Travel Explosion Expected

Over 55 million baby boomers are getting ready to retire. When asked what they intend on doing, Travel and see the world is on top of there list. Most of the baby boomers have been to the Caribbean, Alaska and England and Italy.

So where do they want to go?? Asia, especially China Japan and India. They also are interested in Russia and eastern Europe like Hungary and seeing beautifully renaissance cites like Budapest.

The have cruised the Caribbean now they want to cruise the Mediterranean. River cruises thought Europe are especially appealing. You get to see several cites with out all the packing and unpacking.

Cruise lines and hotelers are in a building frenzy preparing to meet the travel demand of the baby boomers for more ships and hotels and they are barely keeping up.

Home Based Travel Agents that are specialist in specific destinations will be in huge demand. Example: if you need hart surgery you don't go to a GP, you go to a heart specialist. If you are going to China you don't go to a general travel agent, you go to a China specialist travel agent. One the that is an expert in that destination and can advise you on what to see and do.

People that are interested in becoming a home based travel agents and geting trained as a destination specialist should go to www.homebasedtravelagents.org for more information.

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GO GO Helps Home Based Travel Agents email specials to clients

At GOGO Worldwide Vacations, we are always looking for ways to help Home based travel agents grow your business.

You asked for a way to reach your customer database by e-mail with great GOGO offers, and we listened. Now you can sign-up to receive GOGO e-mails with your name and contact information right at the top of the message, so you can easily forward these offers to your clients with the click of a button. Your contact information will be the first thing customers see in the e-mail, making it easy for them to book directly with you.

To sign up for this program, log into your GOGO profile page at GOGOWWV.com and check the box that says, "Would you like to receive a copy of the InFocus newsletter to send to your clients?" After that, you will receive a version of InFocus every Thursday that includes your contact information, and you can simply forward this e-mail to your customer list.

We are confident this feature will improve your ability to communicate our expanded inventory of great GOGO offers to your clients, and it is one of many steps we are taking to provide better service for you, our only customer. To become a home based travel agent go to www.homebasedtravelagents.org

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Home Based Travel Agents share secrets to there success

You can't be afraid."Upscalers in the Making - Stacy Acree, St. Louis, Mo., has found an upscale niche for herself:

Young professionals on their way up. One great source for her are her friends' office happy hours. She joins them at after-hours social functions and is never without her business card. She even takes them with her to the gym where she works out. She mentions in passing that she sells travel and exchanges cards. Then she follows up with a postcard, finding that cruise lines' postcards work very well: "It's short and sweet."

Acree tailors the card to the prospect - matching the spa cruise to the person who mentioned an interest in spas, the family cruise to the couple with children and so on. "I carefully listen to the needs of the client as they answer the questions, mention my background and experience to establish credibility, make recommendations based on the conversation and then always ask for the sale - that's the most important part," she says.

PS If you don't have a list of up-scale clients, make one. Start with the yellow pages, how many types of doctors can you find in it. What other people listed in yellow pages also make good money (hint- anybody use a plumber lately) Just to name 1 out of 600.

Agentnet.com has a GREAT marketing program. You supply them with your list of names and address and they will mail and email to the people you supply with great travel specials with your name address phone number. To be part of this program cost $100. per year.

If you would like to share your secrets to your success, send it to hbta@optonline.net to become a home based travel agent go to www.homebasedtravelagents.org

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Newest Luxury Boutique Hotel opens in Sivory Punta Cana

The newest luxury boutique hotel to open on the Dominican Republic's eastern coast, Sivory Punta Cana, celebrates its grand opening by adding one extra free night to "The Good Life" package.

According to Mr. Paul Davis, President of www.homebasedtravelagents.com "they are offering home based travel agents 20 percent commission and one complimentary night stay for two people for every five nights booked"

The booking window is April and May and is valid for travel until July 31, 2006. The luxury property features 55 suites. "The Good Life" includes: a three-night stay in a deluxe junior suite plus one free night's accommodations; private ground transportation to and from Punta Cana International Airport; private check-in; breakfast daily; daily selection of house wines in each suite; one premium cigar box of Arturo Fuentes per room; a 55-minute aromatherapy treatment per person, per stay at the hotel's Aquarea Spa & Wellness Center; and one gourmet dinner for two. Package rates start at $1,596 per room, based on double occupancy. For more information, call 809-552-0500 or visit www.sivorypuntacana.com

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Home Based Travel Agents can register today for the 2006 Sandals & Beaches Ultra Conventions

Home Based Travel Agents can register today for the 2006 Sandals & Beaches Ultra Conventions set to take place starting May 23 in Atlanta. The conventions will move to four other North American cities over the summer including Chicago, June 7; Atlantic City, June 15; Toronto, July 13; and Los Angeles, July 20.

According to Paul Davis, President of www.HomeBasedTravelAgents.com , this year's seminars will offer an array of educational opportunities designed to improve agent's product knowledge, as well as build better sales skills.

Seminars will energize agents with a host of topics including trends in destination weddings, spa and new product developments, hotel expansion news, as well as the newest branding opportunities and unique marketing tools.

Red Lane spa director, Karen Sprung, will be on hand to describe Sandals' latest approach to well-being and relaxation Caribbean-style at the 2006 Ultra Conventions. To register for this year's Ultra Conventions, contact your local sales manager or call the Sales Department at 800-48-SPECIAL or visit http://www.sandals.com/.

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Home based travel agents can start booking Disney cruises to the Mediterranean

You can start booking Disney Cruise Line's first-ever Mediterranean cruises in 2007. The Disney Magic is offering alternating 10- and 11-night itineraries from Barcelona to Italy and France during the summer of 2007.

"This is a great opertunity for home based travel agents to sell two great products Disney and the Mediterranean" said Mr. Paul Davis President of www.HomeBasedTravelAgents.com

Ports of call include gateways to Florence, Rome, Pisa and Cannes. The four 11-night itineraries depart on Saturdays: May 26, June 16, July 7 and July 28, while the four 10-night itineraries depart on Wednesdays June 6, June 27, July 18 and Aug. 8.

Also, the line will operate two 14-night transatlantic sailings with the eastbound itinerary departing Port Canaveral May 12 and the westbound starting Aug. 18 from Barcelona. Rates for the 10- and 11-night itineraries range from $2,399 to $3,499, double occupancy. For more information, call 888-DCL-2500 visit www.disneycruise.com.

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New Free Princess Cruise DVD for Home Based Travel Agents

Princess Cruises has released a new "Complete Escapes 2006"
DVD that home based travel agents can use as a marketing tool. The new 59-minute disk, which comprises a dozen videos, showcases Princess' ships and highlights the 11 regions Princess visits -- Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, South America and Tahiti.

In addition, a special Movies Under the Stars section gives a close-up look at the 300-square-foot outdoor movie screens. Each two- to nine-minute segment is accompanied by music. A Home Based Travel Agent Options menu offers the opportunity to show many of the popular destinations pieces bundled together -- such as the Caribbean and Mexico -- and combine it with the Princess overview video for a seamless presentation. Home Based Travel Agents can request copies of the DVD by calling 888-478-6732 and referencing code DVD0105. To become a approved home based travel agent and earn extra income and travel benifits, go to www.HomeBasedTravelAgents.org

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Cruise Line News

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
on April 6 will permanently switch itineraries operated by the Fantasy and the Sensation, due to a technical issue with the propulsion system on the Sensation. The ship is unable to operate at maximum cruising speed to complete five-day itineraries to Bahamas and Grand Turk and will take over the Fantasy's three- and four-day itineraries to the Bahamas. The Fantasy will take over the Sensation's route.

THE FANTASY AND SENSATION
are sister ships with the same features, amenities, accommodations and layout, and passengers' reservations will automatically change from one ship to the other; booking numbers and stateroom assignments will stay the same. Guests also can use their preexisting cruise documents.

PRINCESS CRUISES
canceled the remainder of its Caribbean cruise season and a transatlantic cruise on the Star Princess. The ship was taken out of service after a fire damaged 100 cabins; one person died and 11 people were injured in the fire. The ship's next scheduled sailing will be May 15, from Copenhagen, Denmark. Passengers booked on the canceled cruises will receive full refunds and a 25% credit toward future Princess cruises.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
is getting loads of airtime. The Norwegian Jewel was the center of an episode of NBC's "The Apprentice." The two teams faced off to create a 30-second ad for NCL's Freestyle Cruising concept. On April 6 HBO will air "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise," a documentary about the first cruise for gay and lesbian families, which was held on the Norwegian Dawn.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN
is wearing its heart on its sleeve -- or at least on its building. The line kicked off its Travel Agent Appreciation Month on April 1 by unveiling the slogan: "Royal Caribbean Recommends Using a Travel Agent" and by hanging a giant banner from its Miami headquarters. Other facets of the campaign: a sweepstakes for bookings made in April for travel between August and December and Travel Agent Appreciation Month promos in newspaper and online ads.

Crystal Introduces Private Adventures
The trend toward enhancement of the shore side of a cruise experience continues with the news that Crystal Cruises has launched "Crystal Private Adventures" to further personalize its guests' shore experiences. The line's Private Adventures specialists will accommodate everything from personalized arrangements to a private chartered yacht. Crystal Private Adventures is offered to guests already booked on a Crystal cruise for a $100 nonrefundable charge, due upon receipt of request.

If the guest accepts the personalized shore program, the service fee is applied to the booking. There are three ways to pre-reserve. Agents or clients may go to [www.crystalcruises.com] and click on "Crystal Private Adventures" under the Crystal Adventures (shore excursion) tab. Guests complete the online form and e-mail it directly to [PrivateAdventures@crystalcruises.com]. Also, a form is included in the 90-day preliminary documents sent to all guests, with a direct return fax number to the Crystal Private Adventures desk. Or, agents or guests may call 866-446-6625 to discuss details. All verbal requests must then be confirmed in writing via email or fax. Details of each Crystal Private Adventure are shared with the respective ship in advance of sail date, and guests receive a confirmed agenda and tour tickets upon boarding

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Mother /daughter clients for Home Based Travel Agents

Apple Vacations reports that more adult women than ever are choosing to spend vacation time with their mothers.

A growing trend in 2006 for mother/daughter vacation bookings. Unlike traditional family vacations, mother-daughter vacations generally include more "me time," focusing on spa treatments, gourmet dining and off-resort activities. So much so that some Caribbean resorts are now including massages, manicures, pedicures and golf in their purchase prices.

Mother/daughter getaways can be surprisingly affordable. Three nights in a Platinum Club suite at the all-inclusive Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort, Spa and Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic start from $609.99, departing from Detroit. The package includes roundtrip airfare and transfers, all meals and drinks, a complimentary 20-minute massage, one hour of motorized water sports, an open water dive, 24-hour room service and a dinner at Licey, a specialty restaurant not covered by the all-inclusive plan. For more information, visit http://www.applevacations.com/.

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Virtual Fams for Home Bsed Travel Agents

Here's an idea whose time has surely come
The virtual fam! Fam trips (short for Familiarization Trips) are sponsored by suppliers and destinations to allow home based travel agents learn more about those products and destinations. That way, they will be better able to sell those products and destinations to their clients.

It's the classic win-win situation. The trouble is, fam trips are by their very nature small scale events. Only a certain number of travel agents can participate. The virtual fam solves that problem. By conducting their tours online, via the Internet, suppliers can reach a much wider audience of homed based travel agents. Another plus is that the supplier can have a high level of confidence that the agents who participate in virtual fams have a genuine interest in selling the properties and destinations involved.

Apparently it's working. Funjet reports that 10,000 home based travel agents tuned in for a virtual fam of the Maya Riviera in December. If you'd like to see what a virtual fam looks like, you're in luck. Funjet is doing it again this week, this time for Cozumel. For more information and the tour schedule, visit the Fun jet site.http://www.funjetlive.com Persons interested in becoming a FT or PT home based travel agents and becoming an approved CLIA or IATAN agent can go to https://homebasedtravelagents.org/

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Travel Agent School to be held on Princess Cruise Line

Platinum Seminars and the Cruise Line International Association
have introduced a travel agent school, Express CLIA Certification cruise onboard Princess Cruises' Crown Princess. The Aug. 16 sailing will offer a Platinum Seminars Module, a Travel Institute approved program. Tom Cogan, director of training for CLIA, will conduct the CLIA sessions.

The course is only available to to CLIA or IATAN approved Agents. Persons interested in becoming a FT or PT home based travel agents and becoming an approved CLIA or IATAN agent can go to https://homebasedtravelagents.org/

Home Based Travel Agents who attend the travel agent school will be able to earn 65 points toward three certification levels along with 14 credits from the Travel Institute. The rate is $599 plus port fees and taxes. The western Caribbean cruise sails roundtrip from New York. Information is at http://www.ntmllc.info/z/cjUucD9taT01NDI3OSZwPTEmdT0xNzc3MjEwJmxpPTQxNDgx/index.html.

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VAX VacationAccess Improves Funjet Dynamic Booking

VAX VacationAccess is trying to make it easier to book Funjet Vacations in the dynamic booking engine on VAX VacationAccess. Funjet Vacations now offers agents more flexibility to serve their clients' needs, including shop by leg, special requests, airline seat preferences, re-issuing e-docs and air and car packages.

Home based travel Agents can learn more with VAX Vacation Access training incentives for scheduled air. Funjet Vacations' WebEx Training Sessions pay 250 Bonus "Fun-Jets." Plus, every travel agent who books in Dynamic VAX Vacation Access through April 17 for travel through June 30 is entered to win up to 2,500 bonus "Fun-Jets." Visit the VAX VacationAccess home page for details and more training opportunities.

In the new dynamic booking engine there are no more pre-paired flights giving agents more choice and more flexibility. Book scheduled air vacations by selecting outbound flight and return flight separately. The least expensive flights will be displayed first and automatically shown in the cart along with a price comparison for the next available flight option.

Shopping by leg is in addition to the convenient flight searches already available including: sorting by carrier, number of stops, duration and price. It also allows travel agents to include special requests at the time of booking for air, hotel or special features. Book ocean-view rooms, bed preferences, flight seating and other hospitality needs right on VAX VacationAccess. Special requests can be found on the checkout page below passenger names.

If special requests are needed after the time of reservation, call 800-558-3050 for a reservation agent to assist or send an e-mail through the support tab on VAX VacationAccess. Seat assignment preferences can be selected at checkout. Airlines will be automatically sent the request and the assigned seat numbers will appear on clients e-docs sent to travel agents. Seat assignments are subject to airline availability.

Home based travel Agents can retrieve a reservation and re-issue e-documents themselves for clients as many times as needed. There is also an option to change the client's email address in case of changes when the re-issued e-doc is sent. They've also added air and car packages to the selection. Agents can book Funjet Vacations through VAX VacationAccess at www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations, and Vacation.com AgentNet

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