SoCal ASTA named Chapter of the Year

SoCal ASTA named Chapter of the Year

September 17th, Miami, FL – ASTA (The American Society of Travel Agents) named the Southern California Chapter – SoCal ASTA- Chapter of the Year for 2013 for being one of the most active and prominent in fostering and furthering matters relevant to travel agents and the traveling public. The activities and programs included educational programs, symposiums, lobbying with the legislature etc.Award Photo Leo Pamela

This great honor, was sadly overshadowed by our grief at losing one of our most incredible members, Michelle Morgan. She was a phenominal woman, industry icon and a loving grandmother. She will be very missed by our entire industry.michelle morgan grandma

This past week we also had to say goodbye to SoCal ASTA member and dear sweet friend, Ken Gulko. We will all miss his smiling face.

Ken Gulko and Josh Poole

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Our Premium Luxury Showcase and Symposium at the Montage Beverly Hills on August 6th was a huge success.  The evening included a tradeshow,  wine tasting from around the world, educational panels and a dinner buffet.

We want to thank our owner panelists Tama Holve, CTC – Willett Travel, Mickey Weill – Protravel, Bell deSouza – Mansour Travel, Wido Schaeffer, CTC – TravelStore, and David Sefton – Altour along with moderators, SoCalASTA past presidents, Susan Tanzman – Martin’s Travel and Stan Jones – AAA Travel

A very special thanks to all of our exhibitor supplier partners and supplier panelists that made the evening so phenominal and informative.

Including our Travel Insurance Panel

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For the month of October, SoCalASTA Travel Agents and Members have been invited to some very special events and we hope to see you there.

Space is limited so Please RSVP asap.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE HAS EXTENDED A SPECIAL INVITATION TO SOCALASTA TRAVEL AGENTS

Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Luxe Hotel  11461 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

CLICK HERE AND RSVP TODAY

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7zblof1f899202a&oseq=&c=&ch=

OR

Tuesday October 15, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM PDT

II Fornio 1800 Rosecrans  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

CLICK HERE AND RSVP TODAY

https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e7zt16es0a967554&oseq=&c=&ch=

HAL Seminar Confirmation
Holland America Line
Cathy Heriot
cheriot@hollandamerica.com

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TO CELEBRATE OCTOBERFEST

THE LOS ANGELES SKAL CLUB IS INVITING ALL SOCALASTA MEMBERS

On October 16, 2013 at the

SWISS CHEF 13727 Victory Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401 Phone: 818.904.1500

“Swiss Chef is the Diner’s Choice Winner for Best Swiss/German Food, Rated 4.5 stars on Yelp and Open Table and 5 stars on Urbanspoon”

Reception: 11:30am – 12:30pm       Luncheon: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

A Special Octoberfest Platter will be served.  A Vegetarian entree will be available

COST: $45.00.

Parking: Complimentary Parking

RSVP by October 11, 2013 at http://www.laskal.org/rsvp.htm

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HOLLAND AMERICA HAS INVITED SOCALASTA TRAVEL AGENT MEMBERS TO THEIR SHIP INSPECTION IN SAN DIEGO SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2013

Please join Lucy Lusk, Joan Fischer Meyer and Cathy Heriot your Business Development Managers at Holland America Line and Seabourn Cruises, for an informative Travel Agent Seminar and lunch. Please note that this is an industry event for travel agents only.

Where: ms Westerdam

San Diego – Passenger Cruise Ship Terminal, 1140 N. Harbor Drive,  San Diego CA 92101 at the corner of Harbor & Broadway. Terminal is one block from Amtrak station or if driving self-paid parking  is nearby.

When: Saturday, Oct 19, 2013

RSVP Today!

Email John Iglehart, Business Development Representative, at jiglehart@hollandamerica.com to RSVP. Include ALL of the following information:

§  Agency name, address, email and phone number

§  Full legal name as it appears on Driver’s License or Passport

§  Birthdate

§  Citizenship (if non-U.S., provide country of birth and bring your non-U.S. passport for ID)

§  Driver’s License or Passport number (whichever you will bring to the ship)

Know Before You Go

§  Arrive by 10:15 AM with photo ID (Photo ID is required, no exceptions)

§  Embark for travel agent seminar, followed by lunch and a tour of the public rooms

§  Disembark by 2:00 PM

§  Business attire required

§  No changes or substitutions after Oct 5 2013.   Seating is limited and is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Contact Business Development Services at 1-800-544-0443.