Published for the Travel Agents of Suffolk County
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Our 2022 TASC Holiday Party
will be held Vegas Style
Wednesday evening - December 14th
from 6:00pm - 9:30pm

At Shandon Court in East Islip

Cocktail hour, Vegas style gaming tables, prizes, deluxe dinner and more.

Members: $40
Non-members: $55
RSVPs should have already been received.
Prepayment is mandatory!
Send payments to
TASC, PO Box 49, Bohemia, NY 11716

We will also holding our annual
Holiday Toy Drive
Please bring a new unwrapped toy.
Monetary donations will also be accepted.
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TASC HOLIDAY PARTY - LAS VEGAS STYLE
LOCATION
SHANDON COURT

DATE AND TIME
12/14/22 6:00pm - 12/14/22 9:30pm

Cocktail hour, Vegas style Gaming tables, prizes, deluxe dinner & more Members: $40, Non-members: $55 RSVP & PREPAYMENT IS MANDATORY!
YES I WILL BE ATTENDING
PLEASE RSVP WITH THE "YES I WILL BE ATTENDING" BUTTON ONLY IF YOU DEFINITELY PLAN ON ATTENDING OUR MEETINGS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION IF YOU SHARE A SINGLE EMAIL ADDRESS WITH A COLLEAGUE
SINCE EACH EMAIL ADDRESS IS LINKED TO ONLY 1 PERSON, ONLY THAT 1 PERSON CAN BE COUNTED WHEN YOU RSVP ELECTRONICALLY, ADDITIONAL ATTENDEES MUST PHONE OR EMAIL IN THEIR RSVP.
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OUR 2022 TRADE SHOW WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!

Thank you to the many agents that attended our show!

A huge thank you to the following suppliers who exhibited.

 AFFLUENT HOSPITALITY
ALG VACATIONS
AMA WATERWAYS
AMERICAN CRUISE LINES
ARUBA TOURISM
AUTO EUROPE
BARBADOS TOURISM
BARCELO RESORTS
CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPT OF TOURISM CELESTYAL CRUISES
ELEGANT HOTELS/
ALL-INCLUSIVE MARRIOTT INTL
EXPLORA JOURNEYS
GLOBUS JOURNEYS
HOMERIC TOURS
KENSINGTON TOURS
MSC CRUISES
PERILLO TOURS
PRINCESS CRUISES
SANDALS - UNIQUE VACATIONS
SILVERSEA CRUISES
ST KITTS TOURISM
STAN ENDEN ASSOCIATES
TRAVELSAVERS

Thanks for supporting TASC!

Tentative date for our 2023 TRADE SHOW - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Dear Members,

What a wonderful time of the year, the leaves are almost down, Thanksgiving is past and everyone is getting ready for the upcoming Holidays. People have already started to put up the Holiday lights on their houses.

 I would like to thank everyone who attended our 24th annual TASC trade show. A huge thanks go out to our Chairperson: Jeaneane De Cicco, along with Marie Foley, Susan Bonesso, Honey Pressgrove, Ginny Defeo and Liz Henn. Without their help and planning this evening would not been such a huge success. Thank you to all the suppliers for their continued support.

Our Holiday party this year is December 14th at Shandon Court in East Islip from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. This year we are having a Casino Vegas Style Holiday Party. 
I hope you will be able to come and celebrate the Holiday with all the TASC members. There will be a cocktail hour, open bar, sit down dinner, music and Casino table games.  What a fun night this should be. Don't forget our annual Toy Drive, please bring an new unwrapped toy.

Hope to see you on December 14th.
Respectfully,
Fran Raupp
 
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UPCOMING TASC MEETING/EVENT SCHEDULE

DEC 14 - TASC HOLIDAY PARTY
JAN 11 - GLOBUS JOURNEYS
FEB 8 - STAN ENDEN

Suppliers get your choice of dates, always the 2nd Wednesday of each month, dates are filling up quickly.
You may contact our new Programs Director, Liz Henn at lizLBAC@gmail.com to book your program.
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Current Industry Affairs (CIA)
IHG Hotels & Resorts has inked a partnership with Spain-based Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, with a new IHG resort and all-inclusive brand, Iberostar Beachfront Resorts, launching as part of the agreement. 
Under what the two companies describe as a "long-term commercial alliance," an anticipated 70 Iberostar resorts, totaling just over 24,000 guestrooms, are expected to enter the IHG system under the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts flag.
Iberostar said it retains 100% ownership of its brand.
An initial wave of Iberostar Beachfront Resorts properties will enter the IHG system this December, with those inaugural resorts located across Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil and Spain's Canary Islands. The remaining Iberostar Beachfront Resorts properties, spread across Southern Europe and North Africa, are scheduled to transition into the IHG system through 2024.
The Iberostar Beachfront Resorts collection will add to IHG's existing 260 resorts, which are flagged under the group's Six Senses, Regent, InterContinental, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Club Vacations brands. 
According to IHG, the company currently has less than 20 resorts in the countries where Iberostar Beachfront Resorts are located, with IHG touting the fact that the Iberostar tie-up "significantly increases and broadens IHG's resort footprint."
Iberostar Beachfront Resorts, which will be active within the IHG One Rewards loyalty program, is the 18th flag in IHG's brand portfolio. The concept will sit within a newly created IHG brand category called Exclusive Partners, which will exist alongside IHG's Suites, Essentials, Premium, and Luxury & Lifestyle categories.
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A passenger on the Viking Polaris expedition ship was killed when a wave struck the ship Nov. 29 as it sailed toward Ushuaia, Argentina, Viking said in a statement.
The line called it a "rogue wave incident." Viking said four other passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated by the ship's doctor and medical staff.
Viking did not describe the incident in detail, but an Associated Press report said that according to authorities in Argentina, the woman was hit by glass when the wave broke cabin windows during a storm. 
"We have notified the guest's family and shared our deepest sympathies," Viking said. "We will continue to offer our full support to the family in the hours and days ahead." 
Viking said the ship sustained limited damage and arrived in port on Nov. 30.
The AP said that a court had opened a case to determine what happened. In its statement, Viking said it was investigating the incident and would "offer our support to the relevant authorities." 
The Dec. 5 itinerary, a 13-day Antarctic Explorer cruise, has been canceled. Viking said impacted guests and advisors were notified. 
Viking operates two expedition ships: The Polaris and the Viking Octantis. According to Viking's website, the line's 2022-23 Antarctica season is sold out
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For current travel restrictions for the Caribbean, go to: https://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Caribbean-readies-for-a-wave-of-reopenings
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For current travel restrictions for Europe:
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MEMBERS CORNER:
TASC By-Laws
The following proposed changes to the by-laws will be voted upon at our January 11th general meeting. Only current paid up members will be eligible to vote.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE # 1
CURRENT
ARTICLE XIII
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS  
 
MARCH: A three member Nominating Committee will be formed at the General Meeting. The President shall appoint the Chairperson of the Committee and the other two members will be elected/voted by the membership from those who volunteer to serve from the floor. 
 
PROPOSED
ARTICLE XIII
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS  
 
MARCH: A two member Nominating Committee will be formed at the General Meeting. The President shall appoint the Chairperson of the Committee and one other member. 
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PROPOSED CHANGE # 2
CURRENT
ARTICLE XIV
COMMITTEES
The President shall appoint a Chairperson to each Standing Committee by the August meeting.

Section 2
Audit Committee
C. The Committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and two volunteers from the floor at the June meeting.

Section 3
Budget Committee
C. The Committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and two volunteers from the floor at the March meeting.

PROPOSED
ARTICLE XIV
COMMITTEES
The President shall appoint a Chairperson to each Standing Committee by the August meeting.
 
Section 2
Audit Committee
C. The Committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and one additional member.
 
Section 3
Budget Committee
C. The Committee shall consist of a Chairman appointed by the President and one additional member.
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TASC sends congratulations to long time member Joelle Butner on her recent retirement after 51 years in the industry. Enjoy your retirement!
TASC sends congratulations to LBAC TRAVEL who recently received the "Chairman's Award for Top Network of Entrepreneurs Selling Travel Agency" at the Travel Market Conference in Las Vegas. Congrats to Liz & her team!
TASC ANNUAL DUES
Your annual TASC membership renewals are
now past due. They are still only $40 per year.
Membership forms are available at the
TASC dinner sign in table or you may download one from our website. www.LI-TASC.com 
If your dues are not paid as of our January dinner meeting you will be charged the non-member rate.
EMPLOYMENT
Blue Ribbon Travel offices in both Stony Brook and Bay Shore are looking for full time and part-time agents.  If interested, contact their Whitestone office at 718-767-5455
Your TASC board has a new email address: TASCEMAIL@OPTIMUM.NET
If you have any member news that you would like posted in this newsletter please send an email with information to: tascemail@optimum.net
In addition to the get wells and condolences, we can also list job postings
or pertinent industry news.
If we don't know about it, we can't post it!
WWW.LI-TASC.COM
This is our website. Visit us !!!
Also visit our TASC Facebook page and “like us”.
Only TASC members will be able to post on the Facebook page.
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Supplier Rep Updates

We would like to welcome several new supplier reps that have recently been assigned to the Suffolk County area.

Explora Journeys 
Christopher Cestari, christopher.cestari@explorajourneys.com

Ocean Resorts - NEW
Ruben Velazquez, sales1@oceanhotels.net

Playa Resorts - NEW
Dan Jimenez, dan.jimenez@playaresorts.com

Pleasant Holidays - NEW
Tamara Richard, tamara.richard@pleasant.net

RIU Resorts - NEW
Lucero Morales Perez, lmoralesp@riu.com

Trafalgar Tours - NEW
Jose Roldan Jr, jose.roldanjr@ttc.com

Uniworld Cruises - NEW
Stacy Gamboa, stacy.gamboa@uniworld.com
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Executive Board
President
Fran Raupp
(email) franr@baytravelandtours.com
Vice President
Liz Henn
(email) lizLbac@gmail.com
Secretary
Angela San Felippo-Szemico
(email) angelaLBAC@gmail.com
Treasurer
Ginny DeFeo
(email) gindef@hotmail.com
Director Owner
Honey Pressgrove
(email) empress965@aol.com
Director Affiliate
Kim Daino
(email) kdaino@uvi.sandals.com
Director Agent
Jeffrey Austin
(email) jaustin@vacationwiser.com
Past President
Susan Bonesso
(email) susanbtravel@optonline.net



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