Published for the Travel Agents of Suffolk County

There is no dinner meeting
this month.

For those members and their families that pre-purchased Ducks tickets, we will see
you on Wednesday August 9, at 6:35 pm for a night of fun, family and baseball as we cheer on the Long Island Ducks vs. the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central Islip.

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DINNER MEETING PRICE INCREASE IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT FOR ALL
FUTURE MEETINGS
Due to rising food costs at our current venue
and for the first time in over 25 years
we found the need to raise the monthly dinner cost.
We have kept the increase to just $5.00.
Members will now pay $30 while
non-members will pay $40.
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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Dear Members,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We have had some beautiful weather this year.

We will not be having a meeting in August, but I am looking forward to August 9th when we will be getting together with everyone who purchased tickets to the Ducks game.

I have some news for our members: Barbara Canizio has been with the Globus family of brands for 17 years as our BDM:
she has decided to retire. TASC wishes Barbara a happy retirement. Barbara has always supported TASC and I am going to miss her great presentations!! Good Luck Barbara!!

See you in September!
 
Respectfully,
Fran Raupp
 
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PROPOSED TASC MEETING/EVENT SCHEDULE

AUG 9 - TASC DUCKS BASEBALL GAME
SEP 13 - TO BE ANNOUNCED
OCT 11 - TRAFALGAR TOURS
NOV 8 - TASC TRADE SHOW - Holiday Inn Holtsville
DEC 13 - TASC HOLIDAY PARTY - LAS VEGAS STYLE

All meetings are held at Shandon Court unless otherwise noted. Suppliers may contact our Programs Director,
Liz Henn at lizLBAC@gmail.com to enquire about a future program.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!

Our 2023 TASC Trade Show will be held on
Wednesday evening - NOVEMBER 8TH
from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
at the Holiday Inn Airport East
located at Exit 63 off the
Long Island Expressway

This is Suffolk County's only Trade show -
Come out and meet the reps!

There will be Sandwiches/Snacks/Prizes

Suppliers may contact our Trade Show Chairperson; Jeaneane DeCicco at jeaneane.decicco@gmail.com
to book your table.
Cost for a table is $325 per supplier
Includes TASC membership
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SAVE THE DATE!!!!

TASC HOLIDAY PARTY ANNOUCEMENT

OUR DECEMBER 13TH TASC HOLIDAY PARTY WILL BE HELD AT SHANDON COURT AND ONCE AGAIN IT WILL BE LAS VEGAS STYLE!!!

WE WILL BE HOSTING A CASINO NIGHT WITH TABLE GAMES FOR GAMBLING ALONG WITH A COCKTAIL HOUR WITH HORS D'OEUVRES, MUSIC, DELUXE HOLIDAY DINNER AND MORE.
FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
"A letter from retiring Globus BDM Barbara Canizio"

To my friends and colleagues at L.I. ASTA, LITAA,
NJ ASTA, TABS, TASC, and TANQ,

After many decades as your BDM, the last 17 years with the Globus family of brands, I have made the decision to retire. My last day will be August 31, 2023, so I won’t have the opportunity to say goodbye in person.
It has been a pleasure working with everyone and I truly appreciate the support you gave me through those years. I treasure the time we have spent together and the friendships that I have made.
Please know, I am proud to have been a part of these organizations for such a long time and I will hold close the memories that we have created together.
I will miss you.

With a bittersweet heart,
Barbara Canizio
Current Industry Affairs (CIA)
What is ETIAS? New requirements for Americans traveling to Europe set to start in 2024
The rules for Americans traveling to Europe are about to change.
Beginning in 2024, more than one-billion people from over 60 visa-exempt countries – including the United States - will be required to have a travel authorization to enter most European countries.
The travel authorization is known as ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System).
According to European Union website Europa.eu, the authorization will be linked to your passport. It will be valid for up to three years or until the passport expires - whichever comes first.
You’ll need to provide travel documents and personal information to apply. The fee is around $8. Europa.eu says most applications are processed within minutes, but longer wait times are possible.
Here’s a look what you can expect with the new ETIAS travel authorization requirement:
European Countries Requiring ETIAS:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia. Cyprus. Czech Republic, Denmark. Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland 
Who Needs An ETIAS Travel Authorization:
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Macedonia, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela 
ETIAS Basics for American Citizens
The ETIAS authorization is only good for short-term stays of 90 days or less; it is not a work visa. The ETIAS information is linked to your passport, so if you have to replace your passport for any reason, you’ll also need a new ETIAS travel authorization. (Your travel insurance company should be able to assist with a lost passport.)
People Who Need ETIAS Authorizations
You will need an ETIAS Authorization if any of the following apply to you:
  • You’re not a European Union national.
  • You’re a citizen of any country, including the U.S., whose nationals don’t currently need a visa for a short-term stay in a European Union country.
  • You don’t have a residence permit or card issued by any of the European countries that require ETIAS.
  • Some travelers may be exempted from the requirement for an ETIAS travel authorization, so check before you apply.
How to Apply for ETIAS
American citizens traveling to Europe can apply on the ETIAS website’s application section once it becomes operational. For notifications in the meantime, you can sign up for emails at the website.
Once You Have Applied:
You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application which will include your unique ETIAS application number: make sure you keep this number for future reference.
Cost of an ETIAS Travel Authorization
As of July 2023, the ETIAS application fee is €7. It’s free for anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 70.
How Long ETIAS Is Good For
The ETIAS authorization is good for three years. You can only travel in a participating country for 90 days within any 180-day period. Whenever you travel to participating countries, your ETIAS authorization must be valid for the duration of the stay.
On Arrival At The Border:
As your ETIAS travel authorization is linked to your travel document, make sure to carry the same document which you used in your ETIAS application. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to board your flight, bus or ship, or to enter any of the European countries requiring ETIAS.
Your ETIAS Check-List:
Apply for an ETIAS travel authorization well in advance – before you buy your ticket or book your accommodation
Make sure your passport details correspond to those in your ETIAS authorization – you will be refused boarding and entry at the border if they do not match
Make sure your ETIAS travel authorization is still valid
Check how long you can stay in the European countries requiring ETIAS
Make sure your passport is valid for three months after your intended departure from the European countries requiring ETIAS - you will be refused entry at the border if it is not (exceptions apply).
https://travel-europe.europa.eu/etias_en
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Quintana Roo Doubles Down on Tourist Tax With New Payment System. The Mexican state of Quintana Roo, which includes popular destinations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Playa del Carmen, has doubled down on requiring a tourism tax that was
passed in 2021. 
On July 10, Quintana Roo announced that it is mandating all tour operators, airlines, and other travel operators to collect the tax, which will go toward infrastructure improvements. To streamline this process, the state appointed a Mexican contractor, which chose Toronto-based tech company Travelkore to run the online payment system. 
The VISITAX, which was initially $11 per person, was first implemented in April 2021. It is now $18.80 per person to visit the state. Through Travelkore, travel advisors will be able to earn a small fee per payment if they process the tax for their clients. Advisors will receive a link designed specifically for travel agents where they can input an agency service fee “of whatever they see fit,”
Advisors will then receive a monthly transaction report from Travelkore, which advisors will use to create an invoice to send to the company and be paid.
Alternatively, all visitors to the country can access a traveler’s Travelkore link and pay their own tourist tax in advance of their trip. 
Groups of up to 10 people can process the tax payments in one transaction. Travelkore’s platform will be integrated into several OTAs and GDS, including Amadeus. 
The tax applies to all visitors to Quintana Roo, except those who enter by land through the southern border. The state previously did not require travel operators to collect the tax. 

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MEMBERS CORNER:
TASC By-Laws
Any proposed changes to the by-laws must be submitted in writing to the executive board by the October 11th meeting or to the By-laws chairperson; Susan Bonesso not later than 10/18 at tascemail@optimum.net
TASC ANNUAL DUES
2023-2024 TASC membership renewals are
due as of 7/1/23. They are still only $40 per year.
Membership forms were recently sent to your emails and are also available at the
TASC dinner sign in table or you may download one from our website. www.LI-TASC.com 

TASC sends condolences to former supplier member Nancy Poggioli on the passing of her husband Robert.
Cards of Condolence may be sent to Nancy at
16 Fieldstone Drive, Syosset, NY 11791
TASC sends get well wishes to long time member
Marta Perez-Salonius who was recently hospitalized. She is now home recuperating. Cards may sent to her at: 423 Provost Avenue, Bellport, NY 11713
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.

Avanti Destinations
Christina DeFalco, cdefalco@avantidestinations.com

Jamaica Tourist Board - NEW
Victoria Harper, vharper@visitjamaica.com

Ocean Resorts
Ruben Velazquez, sales1@oceanhotels.net

Palace Resorts - NEW
Antoinette Larman, alarman@palaceresorts.com

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

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

Paul Gauguin Cruises
Elizabeth Story, estory@pgcruises.com

RIU Resorts
Lucero Morales Perez, lmoralesp@riu.com

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

Uniworld Cruises
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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