New Agent Discount Rules
Carnival is changing agent discount rules.
Carnival Cruise Lines has announced new eligibility requirements for travel agents to qualify for reduced-rate agent space on the line’s 22 ships.
Under the new policy, travel professionals seeking a discounted agent rate must have made a minimum of five Carnival bookings within a 12-month period. “There are so many different business models out there in the travel distribution system now that it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that only professional travel agents who are actively promoting and selling cruises are receiving travel agent discounts,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president for sales and guest services.
Opportunities for ship visits will continue to be available to all agents attending industry trade conferences that feature Carnival ship inspections, the line said. Carnival also offers a Weekend Familiarization Program at a nominal cost that typically features multiple ship visits and educational training, combined with a hotel stay in a homeport city.
Clipper’s Two Nation Vacation Expands
In its 21st year, Clipper Vacation’s popular Two Nation Vacation show will once again highlight the best of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada to travel agents and meeting planners in California, Texas and Arizona. In addition to Clipper Vacations’ 2008 products, over 40 suppliers from Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver Island, San Juan Islands, Oregon, Alberta, Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies will participate. The exhibitors represent hotels, attractions, transportation services, destination marketing organizations and more. All are traveling with the show and are interested in meeting agents and planners at each of the five venues. Free parking, as well as beverages and prizes, will be provided.
Travel agents and planners are invited to attend the show as follows:
Feb. 25: Dallas, Texas, Fairmont Dallas, 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 26: Phoenix, Ariz., Wyndham Hotel, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: San Diego, Calif., Hilton San Diego Resort, 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 28: Santa Monica, Calif., Sheraton Delfina, 5-7 p.m.
Feb. 29: San Francisco, Calif., San Francisco Marriott, 4-6 p.m.
Jet Airways Lands on the West Coast
Jet Airways has opened a West Coast office.
In its first foray into West Coast operations, Jet Airways, India’s largest publicly traded airline, has opened offices in San Francisco in preparation for a new route launch in 2008. After establishing successful bases of operations in New York and Toronto, Jet Airways is now continuing its growth with a westward expansion.
“San Francisco and the Silicon Valley are very important markets for us, so we are very pleased now to be active players in the region,” said Zainul Aljunied, regional vice president, U.S. and Canada. “Our western expansion represents yet another significant achievement toward our aim of establishing Jet Airways among the world’s top five airlines by 2010.”
The airline currently operates a fleet of 67 aircraft, which includes Boeing 777-300 ERs and Airbus A330-200s, classic and next-generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 4.82 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Jet Airways operates more than 350 flights daily. The airline’s 53 destinations span the length of India, and also include New York (JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London-Heathrow, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok and Kathmandu. The airline plans to extend its international operations to other cities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia in phases as additional wide-body aircraft are delivered to its fleet.
Jet Airways’ new Bay Area office is located in Burlingame, Calif.