Published for the Travel Agents of Suffolk County

TASC - Tuesday, April 7th
(date changed to accommodate Passover)

TASC will be holding it's first ever
"Virtual Meeting"
with a presentation by
Lori Innamorata from Norwegian Cruise Lines.

From the comfort of your own home

04/07/20 4:00pm - 04/07/20 5:30pm

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Dear Members,

The Board fully understands the severity of the Covid-19 virus and I truly hope that you are all healthy and safe in your respective homes. 

I am writing this to confirm that our April meeting at Shandon Court has been cancelled. With the official decree from the Government to close all restaurants for onsite dining along with the executive orders to maintain social distancing, our decision to cancel was made for us. Our originally scheduled speaker, Stan Enden has agreed to reschedule his presentation to our September 9th meeting.

However, not all is gloom and doom, we will be holding our first ever "Virtual TASC Meeting" on Tuesday, April 7th at 4:00pm. The date was chosen as to not interfere with the first night of Passover.
Lori Innamorata from Norwegian Cruise Lines has offered to moderate the meeting along with giving a short presentation. We will also be covering some of the usual TASC business and we will hold a question and answer period at the conclusion. For our suppliers who attend, you will have the option to speak to the membership.
We will also honor April birthdays for those in attendance and hold a raffle of gift cards at the end of the program. You must be in attendance to receive either. 
You will be receiving a separate invitation to the event along with instructions on how to join the meeting. I hope you decide to join us. If this turns out to be successful, we may schedule other virtual meetings during our “shelter in place” directive.

At this time, the Board has not made any decisions as to future meetings. It seems each day something new arises regarding the virus and the Board feels the pain that each of you are going through. Having to spend more time cancelling trips than booking is no joy. I have gotten to a point that each time my telephone rings, I am expecting to hear about another cancellation.

When this fear of the virus passes, and it will, I am sure in short time we will all be back to making bookings and hopefully we can get our lives back together again. Just remember, we are all in this together. 
I wish our members a Joyous Easter and a Happy Passover. I hope to see everyone soon.  

Yours in travel,

Garrett P. Simulcik, Sr.
Congress Reaches Agreement on Massive Coronavirus Relief Package

Travel Advisors Will Have Access to $25 Billion Airline Assistance Funds, Multiple Other Options for Relief Under Bill

Alexandria, VA (March 25, 2020) – Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration came to agreement and released the text of a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While it is expected to pass both chambers of Congress and be signed into law by President Trump in the coming days, it is possible that additional changes might be made.

Among the provisions of the CARES Act that will provide relief to the travel agency industry, its employees and independent contractors (ICs):
  • Travel Agencies Eligible for Airline Economic Stabilization Loans ($25 billion) – Under the bill, the Treasury Secretary is authorized to make up to $25 billion in loans, loan guarantees and other investments in support of passenger airlines, “ticket agents” (the statutory term for travel agencies) and other related aviation businesses. The Treasury Secretary must consult with the Secretary of Transportation in allocating these funds. Once the bill is enacted, ASTA will work with the Treasury and Transportation Departments on the work necessary to implement this provision.
  • Small Business Interruption Loans/Paycheck Protection Program ($349 billion) – Under this new U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program, loans of up to $10 million will be available to U.S. businesses under the existing SBA size standards ($22 million in annual revenue) or with 500 or fewer employees. Independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible. There are no collateral or personal guaranty requirements for these loans. The portion of these loans that covers the business’ payroll, mortgage, rent or utility expenses from February 15 to June 30 may be eligible for forgiveness in whole or in part.
  • Economic Stabilization Loans for Severely Distressed Sectors ($425 billion) – Under the bill, the U.S. Treasury Department would be authorized to extend low- or no-interest loans and loan guarantees to U.S. businesses that incurred losses directly or indirectly as a result of coronavirus. This relief is only open to a “business that has not otherwise received adequate economic relief in the form of loans or loan guarantees provided under this Act,” indicating that businesses could not also apply for the new SBA program (see above).
  • Unemployment Benefits for the Self-Employed – The CARES Act would also provide up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to people not otherwise eligible for regular unemployment compensation (including the self-employed and those who have exhausted their regular benefits). This was an ASTA priority given that there are currently around 40,000 independent contractors working in the industry, and their business income has seized up along with every other part of the industry, but these self-employed individuals typically do not have access to federal and state unemployment benefits, as laid-off W-2 employees do.
TASC sends get well wishes to Past President Marie Foley who is recuperating from an home accident.

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TRAVEL TRICKS as seen in Good Housekeeping Magazine

DeStink Clothes :
Toss an unwrapped hotel bar soap into your dirty-laundry bag to tame bad odors until you get home.

Separate Shoes :
Pack them in the freebie shower cap to keep icky soles from touching everything else in your suitcase.
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Executive Board
Garrett Simulcik
Vice President
Susan Bonesso
Fran Tabone
Ginny DeFeo
Director Owner
Honey Pressgrove
Director Agent
Will Porrier
Director Affiliate
Bruce Metzendorf
Past President
Fran Raupp

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