NEST, the Network of Entrepreneurs Selling
Travel, has a new president, Kathryn Mazza-Burney. She was promoted
from executive vice president of sales. NEST, which is owned by
American Marketing Group, is a marketing organization for
home-based travel retailers. Mazza-Burney will oversee day-to-day
operations and strategic planning. She also serves as executive
vice president of sales and service for Travelsavers.
OSSN, the Outside Sales Support Network,
said 108 home-based agents were at its 2007 OSSN International
Conference from May 2 to 9 in India. The group, a record number of
home-based agents traveling to India for sales training, combined
tours and events in New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur with sales
seminars conducted by India Tourism. Agents departed from Chicago,
Los Angeles, and New York, arriving in New Delhi for the start of
the conference. Eastbound Tours operated the conference in
partnership with Kartagener & Associates, Air India, and India
Tourism. OSSN represents 6,000 agents with 63 chapters across North
ASTA on June 11 will hold its first
Business Summit, a roundtable event for Premium Members of the
society to discuss the critical issues that affect their businesses
and the industry as a whole. The one-day forum, to take place in
Washington at Marriott's Renaissance M Street Hotel, is being held
in conjunction with ASTA's Legislative Day on June 12. Premium
Members are invited to attend both events as part of their
membership. Topics to be discussed include regulators' renewed
interest in auditing businesses with independent contractors, ARC's
movement toward same-day reporting and the shortage of qualified
travel agents. Premium Members interested in attending are
encouraged to contact Jeffrey Feagin at (703) 739-6827 or via
e-mail at [email protected].
ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel
Agents, which is in the process of creating a new
industry-sponsored agent identification program, said participants
in its initial focus group are now an "official" working group.
Representatives from Amtrak, Avis Budget Group, Disney
Destinations, Marriott, Pleasant Holidays, Southwest and Specialty
Global Insurance are part of the focus group. ARTA's chairman,
Barry Richcreek, said the ARTA plan won't replace the IATAN ID card
but will have higher standards. Participants are exploring ways to
make more agent-specific data on productivity and specialties
available to suppliers.
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Cost: $80 per person, per night, for up to
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Phone: (508) 221-3674
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