Published for the Travel Agents of Suffolk County

No TASC meeting in August
Enjoy your Summer
Hope to see you in September!

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Shandon Court has told us they can host up to 50 guests in their large room where we currently have held our meetings. Seating will most likely be limited to 6 guests per table.

We are conducting a poll below to see how many members would consider attending if we held the meeting there on September 9th. Please vote now.
IF WE HELD A MEETING IN SEPTEMBER AT SHANDON COURT, WOULD YOU ATTEND?
Yes
No
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TASC ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Dear Members,

What a see-saw year this is turning into. Up until March things seemed to be going well for the Travel Industry and then all of a sudden, the floor opened up. It seems each day things are changing. The CDC has once again cancelled future cruise sailings. Europe seems to have closed out the United States from traveling to their countries. There have been a few suppliers and travel agencies that have closed up shop. I just received notice that Gate 1 has suspended all trips until March 31, 2021. Is this ever going to go away? All we can do is hope for the best and keep plugging along.

           One bright spot has been the many suppliers who have joined us on our monthly Zoom meetings and those that have booked programs through the balance of 2020. I hope many of those suppliers will be able to take part in our annual Trade show on October 29th. It may be a different format than what we have held in the past but we are looking forward to a brand new venue to hold it in.

           Well, unless there are any further setbacks, it appears that we should be able to resume our meetings back at Shandon Court starting in September. Keep your fingers crossed as I hope to see everyone on September 9th. Stan Enden is scheduled to help us kick off the beginning of Fall. In addition, the new board will get sworn in. Please vote in this month's poll on whether or not you would attend our meeting in September.

           If you have not already sent in your dues for the 2020-2021 year please do so today. Your annual dues have remained at $40 dollars. You can download the form from the LI-TASC web page. If you have having financial problems with paying your yearly dues, please contact us at TASC1820@optimum.net. The Board fully understands that it may not be easy since most of us do not have any commissions coming in.

           Until next time, please enjoy the remainder of the summer. It sure looks like it will be hot one.
Yours in travel,
Garrett P. Simulcik, Sr.
Garrett P. Simulck, Sr.
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Congratulations to the 2020 - 2022 Newly Elected
TASC Executive Board

President            Susan Bonesso
Vice President     Fran Raupp
Treasurer            Ginny De Feo
Secretary         ***Position Open***
Director Owner     Will Porrier
Director Agent      Jeffrey Austin   
Director Affiliate ***Position Open***
Installation of the new board of directors will take place when we can once again hold our meeting in person. Until that time the current board will continue to function in their respective positions. If anyone is interested in an open position please contact Susan Bonesso at susanbtravel@optonline.net
UPCOMING TASC MEETING/EVENT SCHEDULE
AUGUST - NO MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9 - STAN ENDEN
OCTOBER 14 - CLUB MED
OCTOBER 29 - TASC TRADE SHOW
NOVEMBER 11 - CYNDI MILLER-AIRD & ANN ANDREAS
TASC MEMBERSHIP DUES
Your annual TASC membership renewals are coming due on July 1st. They remain at $40 per year. Your Membership form has been sent to you in a separate email. EVERYONE must fill out a new form for this year. You may also download a copy from our website at www.li-tasc.com . If anyone needs assistance please contact us at tasc1820@optimum.net
Suppliers! Save the Date!

This year’s annual TASC Trade Show will be held at a NEW VENUE on Thursday, October 29th at the re-branded Holiday Inn Islip Airport East at LIE-Exit 63 North Ocean Avenue in Holtsville.
Please contact Trade show chairperson Jeaneane De Cicco at Jeaneane.decicco@gmail.com for information or to reserve your table. You may also download an application from our website at www.li-tasc.com .
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INDUSTRY NEWS

CDC requests public input on return to cruising
On the heels of extending the No Sail Order for cruise ships until Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a request for public input on the resumption of sailings. 
The CDC said the input may be used to inform guidance and preventative measures related to cruise travel. 
The 28 questions may be indicative of some of the restrictions the CDC might be considering, such as should cruise ship operators limit shore excursions; should cruise ship operators decrease the length of voyages and, if so, by how much; and several questions about reducing capacity, cabin occupancy and whether crew members should be provided single-occupancy rooms. 
The questions are as broad as asking what steps cruise lines should take to prevent the introduction of Covid-19 on ships and as specific as whether specimens should be tested onboard or onshore. 
Comments, accepted until Sept. 21, will be published in the Federal Register and part of the public record. 
CLIA said last week that the CDC had signaled a willingness to starting meaningful dialogue with the agency about the resumption of sailings and that its previous engagement with the CDC had been focused mostly on the health and repatriation of crew members who were still aboard ships in U.S. waters.

Air travel not expected to recover until 2024
Global air travel is recovering more slowly than expected and it will take until 2024 to return to pre-pandemic levels, the trade association for the airline industry said Tuesday.
IATA pushed back its prediction by one year due to the slow containment of the outbreak in the U.S. and in developing countries.
The industry is seeing a rebound from the depths of the shutdowns in April, but the bad news is that any increase “is barely visible,” IATA chief economist Brian Pearce said during an online briefing for journalists.
Pearce said that air travel is not rebounding along with rising levels of business confidence in Europe, the U.S. and China. Traffic was down 86.5% in June from the same month a year ago, compared with a drop of 94.1% in April, measured as revenue passenger kilometers, or the distance traveled by all revenue-generating passengers.
That improvement is “nowhere near the increase in business confidence,” Pearce said. China is bouncing back more than some other places, while an upturn in the U.S. has been knocked back by the recent upsurge in Covid-19 cases in a number of states.
Besides renewed outbreaks, travel is also being held back by weak consumer confidence and constrained travel budgets at companies that are struggling.
“Furthermore, there is little sign of virus containment in many important emerging economies, which in combination with the U.S., represent around 40% of global air travel markets,” IATA said in a statement. “Their continued closure, particularly to international travel, is a significant drag on recovery.”
Despite parking many of their planes, airlines are struggling to fill seats with enough people to make money. Planes were only 62.9% full on domestic flights around the world, well below levels at which airlines make money, and an abysmal 38.9% for international travel.
The U.S. is seeing more coronavirus cases after some states moved to lift restrictions on public life and business. The summer vacation season in Europe has seen more people move around. There has been a rise in cases in Germany, which had earlier done better than many other countries in mitigating the outbreak.
Germany has issued a travel warning for three regions in Spain and the U.K. has imposed a 14-day quarantine for travelers returning from Spain, a popular holiday destination.
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MEMBERS CORNER:

CHAIRPERSONS NEEDED
If you would like to volunteer for one or more of the TASC committees for the 2020-2022 term, please email tasc1820@optimum.net and let us know which committee(s) you would be interested in joining.
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Such sad news - TASC offers it's sincere condolences to the following members and their families.

To Rosemary Saganic on the untimely loss of her grandson; Isaiah Ammar. Cards of condolence may be sent to her and her husband; Romeo at 186 Halley Drive, Blue Point, NY 11772
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To Joelle Butner on the recent passing of her mother; Iona Kaunitz. Cards of condolence may be sent to her at 115 Kimberly Court, North Babylon, NY 11703
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To the family and friends of Marcia Sinclair from the Jamaica Tourist Board on her untimely passing. Cards may be sent to: 67-50 East 192nd Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

IN MEMORY OF
MARCIA P. SINCLAIR
Dear Travel Partners,
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that our colleague
and friend Marcia Sinclair has passed away.
Marcia served the Jamaica Tourist Board for 34 years, with the last 15 years as the District Sales Manager for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the Northeast USA. Under her stellar leadership, the region grew by over 59%. She was admired for her strong work ethics, attention to detail, and love for Jamaica. She was well respected by her colleagues, members of the trade & Diaspora and all who worked closely with her.
Marcia will be sadly missed, and her legacy and name will live on.
Rest well Marcia!
ONE LOVE....
Sincerely, Donnie Dawson
Deputy Director of Tourism, Americas
Jamaica Tourist Board
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On a brighter note, we welcome back Anthony Iozzia with Windstar Cruises, who has recently been reinstated after being temporarily furloughed during the early part of the pandemic.
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If you have any member news that you would like posted in this newsletter please send an email with information to: tasc1820@optimum.net
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Be extremely cautious if booking clients for summer travel both domestically and internationally as border and hotel openings, airports and airlift schedules are all subject to change along with various restrictions, requirements and/or quarantine laws.

Your best bet in these uncertain times is to book with a reputable tour operator who can navigate these issues and advise you and your clients with the most up-to-date information available.
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Executive Board
President
Garrett Simulcik
(email) gsimulcik@cruiseplanners.com
Vice President
Susan Bonesso
(email) susanbtravel@optonline.net
Secretary
Fran Tabone
(email) info@baytravelandtours.com
Treasurer
Ginny DeFeo
(email) gindef@hotmail.com
Director Owner
Honey Pressgrove
(email) empress965@aol.com
Director Agent
Will Porrier
(email) willjohn39@aol.com
Director Affiliate
Bruce Metzendorf
(email) bruce.metzendorf@rivierarivercruises.com
Past President
Fran Raupp
(email) franr@baytravelandtours.com

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