McGee orders LA firm to pay ARC debt

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Travel agent arbiter William McGee ordered a Los Angeles firm, which lost Airlines Reporting Corp. accreditation last July, to pay its debt of $629,182 to ARC. The firm, Mi Kyung Oh (doing business as Mimi Travel), did not file any responses to ARC's allegation that it owed the money, despite notices from the arbiter's office, according to McGee.

Under the arbiter's rules, failure to respond is considered an admission of the allegations.

The arbiter has no power to enforce his order if the firm fails to pay, but ARC can seek court confirmation of his order, which enables it to use local law enforcement authorities to collect.

In separate cases, McGee ordered the following agencies to surrender any remaining ticket stock and plates to ARC:

  • A-Aladin Travel Inc. of West Palm Beach, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • A To Z Travel Center Inc. (doing business as Travel Center) of Columbus, Ohio, which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in November.
  • Accent On Travel Inc. of Tampa, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in September.
  • All Points Travel Service Inc. of Pasadena, Calif., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in August.
  • Associated Consulting Group Inc. (doing business as Executive Travel Service) of Tallahassee, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in November.
  • Carifta Travel Service Ltd. of Brooklyn, N.Y., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • Carlos Melody Inc. (doing business as Wings Travel & Cruise) of Lilburn, Ga., which he said voluntarily relinquished ARC accreditation in August.
  • Columbia Travel Inc. of Arlington, Va., which he said voluntarily relinquished ARC accreditation in August.
  • Curry Travel Inc. of Wayne, Pa., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in November.
  • Fairbanks Avenue Travel Inc. of Winter Park, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • Flora Travel Inc. of North Miami Beach, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • GGS Travel Bureau of Smyrna, Ga., which surrendered some stock after losing ARC accreditation in October but failed to account for 910 documents, he said.
  • Martha E. Madrigal (doing business as Alisal Travel Agency) of Salinas, Calif., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • P & F International Inc. of Long Island, N.Y., which he said failed to account for 10,174 documents after losing ARC accreditation in November.
  • Quality Network Systems Inc. of Gardena, Calif., which he said lost ARC accreditation in October for failing to replace its surety and failed to account for 658 documents assigned to its home office and 15,865 documents assigned to a satellite ticket printer branch.
  • Suzanne Zalocha (doing business as Sue Z Travel) of Massena, N.Y., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in May but still has not accounted for 1,259 documents.
  • Tessitore Enterprises Inc. (doing business as International House of Travel) of Tarpon Springs, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in September.
  • Travel Corner Inc. of Portland, Ore., which he said lost ARC accreditation in July, partly because it failed to report $83,441 in sales.
  • Trips and Travel of Lafayette, La., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in July.
  • Valwood Travel Inc. of Dallas, which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • William Gamel (doing business as Better Connections Travel) of Hudson, Fla., which McGee said lost ARC accreditation in October.
  • McGee to agencies: Cease and desist

    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Travel agent arbiter William McGee issued cease-and-desist orders against three agencies that used Airlines Reporting Corp. ticket stock to sell US Airways, even though they lacked the carrier's appointment.

    The agencies were as follows:

  • Holidays Tours & Travel Inc. of Washington.
  • Michael Welch (doing business as Skor Travel) of Torrance, Calif.
  • Wayne Wong (doing business as Dick Held Travel Service) of El Cerrito, Calif.
  • In the Skor Travel case, the agency asked the arbiter to inquire into US Airways' termination of its appointment.

    The agency said it is an "unfair trade practice" for an airline "to bully small travel agencies."

    McGee replied that the ARC contract permits airlines to pull their appointments without explanation, and such matters "concern the agent and airlines directly, and not ARC."

    He said the case was brought to him by ARC and involved the misuse of ARC ticket stock. Because the airline was not a party to the case, the arbiter can not "inquire" into the appointment termination, he said.

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