Travel Weeklys Home-based Agent E-letter: Sept. 6, 2004

SABRES 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 transition.

A 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 acquisition.

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

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 attend.



Date valid: Nov. 5 for a three-night stay.

Sponsor: Tower Travel, Sunrise, Fla.

Cost: $299 per person, double. Includes accommodations, some meals and a city tour.

Trip: Spends four days in Scottsdale.

Noteworthy: Companions are eligible at the same rate.

Contact: (954) 748-3037; fax: (954) 748-3079; e-mail: towertrav[email protected].


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