TRACAS is poised to take the
helm at Vacation.com, following the announcement last week that CEO
Dick Knodt is stepping down. Knodt was named president and CEO of
Vacation.com in 2001 after serving as the organizations chief
operating officer for nearly three years. Tracas was formerly
president of Orbitz for Business, the online travel agencys unit
focused on corporate travel. He also was vice president of sales
and marketing for US Airways and held a number of management
positions at American Airlines and Sabre.
KNODT said he would serve
as a consultant to Vacation.com and Amadeus, Vacation.coms parent,
until June 30. Tracas will join Vacation.com on April 17. He will
be based at Vacation.coms headquarters in Alexandria, Va., and will
be responsible for overseeing and directing all aspects of the
organization serving the U.S. and Canada.
VACATION.COM NEWS, Stevens
Travel Management, the corporate travel agency headquartered in New
York, has joined the network. The agency will utilize Vacation.coms
preferred-supplier relationships to market leisure travel to its
corporate accounts and power its vertical search engine with
Colo.-based Travel Professionals of Color will hold its fourth
annual conference and trade show from May 4 to 7 at Treasure Island
in Las Vegas. Conference topics include learning how to direct
minority travel dollars to minority travel agents and learning how
to market to all minority communities. For more information or to
register, contact Betty Jones at (303) 297-3208 or via e-mail at [email protected].
FAM OF THE
Departure: May 19 from
New York to Cairo via Egypt Air.
Length: Eight nights,
including a five-day Nile River cruise on the Oberoi
Sponsor: Big Five Tours
& Expeditions, Stuart, Fla.
Cost: $1,270 per person,
double. Includes international air, a four-night hotel stay, the
cruise, all meals, flights within Egypt, sightseeing and entrance
Trip: Visits Aswan,
Cairo, Edfu, Esna and Luxor.
Noteworthy: The companion
rate is $1,580.
Contact: (800) 244-3483,
Ext. 120; fax: (772) 287-5990.
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].