Travel arbiter orders agencies to pay ARC

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Travel agent arbiter William McGee ordered Travel and Adventure Tour of Irving, Texas, which lost ARC accreditation last August, to pay a $92,929 debt to ARC.

The owner listed in ARC's records said he sold the business in late 1997 to a man who promised to take care of ARC requirements. However, the purchaser evidently did not file a change of ownership application with ARC, which left the owner of record liable for the default.

ARC can ask a local court to confirm McGee's order and use local law enforcement apparatus to collect the debt. According to McGee, the owner of record sued the purchaser.

In separate cases, McGee ordered the following ARC-terminated agencies to pay debts:

  • Concorde Travel & Tours Inc. (doing business as Concorde) of Chicago, $62,909 after losing accreditation last June.
  • Dorothy Blake, General Partner (doing business as Complete Travel Connection) of Attica, N.Y., $21,878 after losing accreditation last May.
  • Footloose Travel Inc. of Renton, Wash., $33,404 after losing accreditation in December 1998.
  • Frontline Travel Inc. (doing business as Carlson Wagonlit Travel) of Fremont, Calif., $12,601 after losing accreditation last May.
  • Happy Time Travel Inc. of Hamden, Conn., $56,124 after losing accreditation in October 1998.
  • McGee also ordered the following agencies to surrender any remaining ticket stock and plates to ARC:

  • Classique Travel of Arlington, Va., which he said lost ARC accreditation last November and did not account for 2,938 documents.
  • Fashion Travel Inc. of New York, which he said lost ARC accreditation in January.
  • Jeffrey Wayne Gajewski (doing business as Padre Travel Services) of Oceanside, Calif., which he said lost ARC accreditation last December.
  • RT Gensch Enterprises Inc. (doing business as Uniglobe City Center Travel Inc.) of Houston, which he said lost ARC accreditation last November.
  • Thomas J. Bolera (doing business as Baseline Travel) of Beaverton, Ore., which he said lost ARC accreditation last December.
  • Toni Barber Travel Inc. of Renton, Wash., which he said lost ARC accreditation last November.
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