MINI-CARIBBEAN trade show is in the works at the New
Jersey Chapter of OSSN. Featuring island officials and suppliers,
the May 16 show will be staged in central New Jersey, at the East
Grand Buffet in East Brunswick. No registration is necessary, and
the event starts at 5 p.m. Among those attending: the St.
Maarten/St. Martin Tourism Board, St. Kitts Tourism Board, Puerto
Rico Tourism Board, Gutsy Women Travel, Travel Impressions,
Windjammer Villa Rentals and the Cayman Islands Tourism Board.
BOUND: Host agency Joystar said it plans to expand its
operations into Asia, and took the first step by hiring Charlie Lee
to serve in a sales and marketing management position. Lee has
management experience in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. William
Alverson, Joystar CEO, said that the retail travel business
representing the Asian community is highly fragmented and no
dominant player exists. Joystar aims to be that dominant
DESK: Apple Vacations by May 1 will add Hawaii products to
its online travel agent booking portal, at www.myappleonline.com. The wholesaler already offers
online bookings for Mexico and the Caribbean. As incentive to try
the booking system, Apple will offer 17% commission for online
bookings to Hawaii. Hotel partners also will offer incentives,
POCKET: United Vacations extended its Travel Agent Booking
Bonus for select packages to Latin America destinations when booked
by June 30. Through the promotion, United Vacations will provide a
$25 American Express Gift Cheque and 15% commission to travel
agents for every air/land booking made (three nights or longer) to
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico City, Argentina, Brazil
and Uruguay. Online bookings at www.uv-latin.com will earn an additional 1%
FAM OF THE
Departures: May 23 from
Miami to Sao Paulo via TAM Brazilian Airlines.
Sponsor: Spa Mundi and
Transmares Travel & Tours, Miami.
Cost: $950 per person,
double. Includes roundtrip air, accommodations, all meals, a
medical examination and the services of medical specialists during
Trip: Spends seven nights
at Spa Med Soracaba in Sao Paulo.
Noteworthy: The companion
rate is $200 additional. Airport taxes are not included and are
Contact: (800) 711-2524
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