JOYSTAR has joined Vacation.com. The move
enables the host agency's members to participate in Vacation.com's
Engagement direct-marketing program. "After assessing several of
the top leisure travel groups, we concluded Vacation.com offered
the most comprehensive marketing package to meet the diverse needs
of our travel agency partners," said Aleic Grant, vice president of
business development, Joystar brands. Joystar agents can
participate in Vacation.com programs such as regional and online
educational events and a variety of familiarization trips and
seminars at sea. They are eligible to attend the Vacation.com
International Conference & Trade Show in New Orleans, June 27
to July 1.
ASTA on June 11 will hold its first
Business Summit, a roundtable event for Premium members. Critical
issues that affect members' businesses will be discussed. The
one-day forum, held in Washington at the Renaissance M Street
Hotel, is being held in conjunction with ASTA's Legislative Day on
June 12. On the table will be such topics as regulators' renewed
interest in auditing businesses with independent contractors, the
airlines' renewed discussions on reducing or passing on credit card
merchant fees, ARC's movement toward same-day reporting and the
shortage of qualified travel agents. Premium members interested in
attending can contact Jeffrey Feagin at (703) 739-6827 or via
e-mail at [email protected].
IATA, the organization behind the IATAN
identification card that enables bonafide agents to qualify for
industry perks, said it would step up the marketing of its ID card,
adding value and promoting it more effectively. The move comes as
other industry groups, including ARTA, are developing their own
criteria for competitor agent ID cards. Humberto Rivero, IATA
regional director for the Americas, told Travel Weekly that the
IATA board is looking to add more online services for cardholders,
such as the ability to access and update their own accounts. It
also wants to bring more supplier-sponsored benefits to
cardholders. Agents qualify for the IATAN card based on
DESK: Travel Impressions is now offering packages for
several Canadian destinations such as Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Lake
Louise, Niagara Falls and Tremblant, and in the cities of Victoria,
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and
Halifax. The operator is offering a 15% commission for every Canada
booking made through July 31 for travel anytime. Agents will earn
an additional 1% bonus when booking via www.travelimpressions.com.
FAM OF THE
Trip: A stay at Galley Bay, Grand Pineapple
Beach or St. James's Club on Antigua; Windjammer Landing on St.
Lucia; Palm Island in the Grenadines; or Long Bay Beach Resort
& Villas on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
valid: Through June 30 and Sept. 1 through Nov. 15 for
Sponsor: Elite Island Resorts, Deerfield
Cost: All-inclusive rates range from $79 to
$119 per person, single or double, per night. Rates cover meals,
beverages, activities, nonmotorized water sports, resort taxes,
service charges and gratuities.
Noteworthy: American Airlines is offering
roundtrip fares for $169 per agent and $209 per companion. Agents
must fill out a booking form at www.eliteislandresorts.com\fams. Reservations
confirmed via fax only.
Contact: Fax: (954) 418-0888.
Agent Editor: Donna Tunney
Phone: (508) 221-3674
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].