Germany’s Cup Runs Over

*Adding to the NEST
*Air NZ Suspends Flights
*Swain Separates

Germany’s Cup Runs Over
With thousands visiting and more than a billion watching, the FIFA World Cup is changing Germany’s image.
“The countless pictures that were broadcast from the area & are a wonderful image promotion for the destination Berlin,” said Hanns Peter Nerger, general manager of Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH. “Consequently, this means an investment in the future, the significance of which cannot be estimated highly enough.”
In honor of the event, the tourism industry of Berlin made several preparations, such as a new railway station opened in the center of the city.
Other attractions to welcome sports fans include the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Sony Center with the ZDF Arena, the Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforum. The city also helped carry on the World Cup motto of “A Time to Make Friends.”
Throughout the four weeks of the World Cup, the Berlin hotel sector maintained a 50-70 percent occupancy level. On the weekend of the finals, however, the city reached its goal of a 90 percent occupancy level.

Adding to the NEST
The Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel (NEST) has added three preferred suppliers to their list. Fare Buzz, Apple Vacations and Avis are now available to home-based agents who belong to NEST.
Fare Buzz offers rates that are 40-60 percent off published fares on domestic and international travel, officials say. The partnership with Apple Vacations will give NEST agents the opportunity to offer clients value-priced packages in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Aruba and the Bahamas. Avis joins its sister company, Budget, as a preferred supplier for NEST.

Air NZ Suspends Flights
Air New Zealand will suspend certain flights this fall. Come Oct. 29, seasonal flights from Los Angeles to Christchurch, New Zealand, will be suspended. In addition, the airline will suspend its Auckland, New Zealand, to Singapore route on Oct. 2. Clients affected by the route suspensions will be rebooked on other flights or carriers. As of late October, the airline will be using the Boeing 777-200ER on flights from Los Angeles to London-Heathrow and Auckland, but will still use the Boeing 747 for the route during the December-January high season.
Also in October, Air New Zealand will be offering a second daily service between London and Hong Kong.

Booking United with Vax
Agents can now book United Vacations products on VAXPRO, a version of VAX VacationAccess. VAX provides real-time access to United Vacations’ air, hotel, car and features inventory, and allows agents to set their own commission. The engine, integrated with TRAMS ClientBase Plus, also has a “suitcase tool” that makes it possible to quickly price up to 10 multiple itineraries for clients and save them in one place. VAX VacationAccess also allows agents to immediately send clients e-mail confirmations once a product has been booked.
VAX provides agents with weekly hot deals and incentives via e-mail, as well as with online help, interactive sessions and technology updates.
United Vacations is also available on Apollo Galileo USA’s LeisureShopper, Worldspan Tour Source and Amadeus Tour Source with the vendor code UAV.

Swain Separates
Swain Tours is no longer a part of United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), company president Bob Whitley announced recently. Ian Swain, president of the company, purchased all ownership from Travel Corp. Deposits and payments made before July 8, 2006, will be protected under USTOA Traveler’s Assistance Program. Any deposits and payments made after July 7 will not be protected.

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