NEXION unit acquired the assets of iTasn, the
Massachusetts-based host agency that formed shortly after 9/11 and
whose 300-plus members pooled their volume under one ARC number. A
spokeswoman for Nexion said iTasn operations will meld with the
Nexion unit during the next couple of months. Terms of the deal,
which increases Nexion membership from 700 to more than 1,000, were
not disclosed. Alan Kwadler, who founded iTasn, said the sale of
his company to Nexion was a good opportunity for both sides. We
will bring a lot of volume to the table for Nexion. We are a Sabre
agency, so wed had a lot of discussion with [Sabre] over the years.
Its a good fit. Kwadler said he would work with Nexion during the
SPOKESWOMAN for Nexion said things are business as usual
for iTasn members, with fees and business processes unchanged. In
the coming months, she said, each iTasn member will be given the
opportunity to adopt a Nexion membership plan and agreement.
Kwadler, prior to 9/11, had owned and operated Global Express
Travel, a traditional agency in Boston. With the sale of iTasn, he
said he plans to rebuild Global Express and expand it through
SOUTH OF THE
BORDER: The Travel Institute added a
destination-specialist course for Mexico. Produced in partnership
with the Mexico Tourism Board, the course is divided into
three sections: a Mexico overview, the regions of Mexico and
selling Mexico. The course covers geography, climate and seasons,
transportation, accommodations, historical background, culture,
celebrations and special events, dining and shopping. Details and
registration are at www.thetravelinstitute.com.
DATEBOOK: A Hawaii chapter of OSSN has
formed and will hold its first meeting Sept. 23, 6 p.m. The
orientation will be at Antonios Steak, Ribs & Pasta, located in
the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Honolulu. RSVP to (808)
944-6029 or [email protected]. There is no cost to
FAM OF THE
valid: Nov. 5 for a three-night
Sponsor: Tower Travel,
Cost: $299 per person,
double. Includes accommodations, some meals and a city
Trip: Spends four days in
are eligible at the same rate.
Contact: (954) 748-3037;
fax: (954) 748-3079; e-mail: [email protected].