Expect More – Get More With Incentive Connection Travel ICT

first_imgWritten By: Robert Siamon – Incentive Connection Travel  Dear Travel Professional, Thank you for your interest in Incentive Connection Travel. Following is more information about what we are pleased to offer our travel professional partners. It seems silly to ask you to pay your Host Agency to earn money for them? We have never in 28 years in business, nor will we ever, charge you to work with us. We work together to have a win-win. We earn when you earn. That is your guarantee that we will do everything we can to help you build and succeed with your business. Charging you to be part of a Host Agency is almost as silly as any Host Agency advertising that they will give you 100% commission. If they did, how would they pay their bills? Our accountant cannot make it happen for us. So where is the Host’s profit coming from? Nibbling here, nibbling there. Take a look at all the extras. They really do mount up. We are one of the few “support only” Host Agencies for the Home Based and Independent Travel Agent. Our only business is serving you and we do not have any inside sales people to compete with you. Your clients are your only asset and always belong to you. We offer 100% support to all new and experienced agents. We are proud to be a Host Travel Agency operated by experienced travel professionals built around our core ICT family values of… Integrity, Agent focused, Results orientated, Teamwork, Excellence and Innovation. With ICT, 7 days-a-week support is always there for you. Regardless of your question, we respond quickly and efficiently, so you can get back to what you do best – which is – sell travel. We only support our agents/agencies and never compete with you. We are committed to growing your business with our preferred suppliers and our consortium partner Ensemble. With Ensemble’s Marketing Program, you’ll get both direct mail and email marketing tools to compete in today’s travel industry. There are other host agencies out there that offer 100% commission, but after you closely evaluate and fully compare programs, support and services, the choice will be clear. There is no free lunch. They get their profit from various charges that we do not ask for. Expect more – get more with ICT. Some of the features that make us different are1. We service your needs 7 days a week, evenings and holidays.2. We charge NO membership fee of any kind.3. Last year we paid out well over $6,000,000 in commissions.4. We have a State of the Art Retrieval System for Confirmations, Specials, Fams, etc. Regional Specials (for your area of the country) are updated daily.5. You receive 70% to 80% of all commission on all bookings plus overrides. Our agents average 12.6% commission on all bookings due to our preferred relationship with our suppliers. (15%, Princess, LTU, Aerolineas Argentinas, Apple Vacations, Funjet, 16% Holland America, Celebrity, RCCL, Travel Impressions, Delta Vacations, 16% NCL, 19% Varig, 20% LanChile, etc).6. We have over 125 Preferred suppliers and private contracts as well as a Consolidated Air program. We are a Select Agency with Ensemble Travel, with the complete Amenities program offering free Shore Excursions, Cocktail Parties, Prepaid Gratuities and more.7. Our Professional SABRE Reservation System including Sabre Cruise, Sabre Vacations, Bargain Finder Plus, Flight Finder and every Sabre enhancement, is only $25 per month and offering the capability for booking Air, Hotels, Car Rentals, Tours, Cruises, Insurance and Consolidators. Sabre is optional and-most new to the industry agents do not need it. You can add it at any time if you feel your clientele warrants it. We give you Sabre Cruise and Sabre Vacations free with or without the Sabre GDS.8. We have the only online video library with the finest Training, Supplier and Destination Videos, available for your use 24 hours per day.9. Free ClientBase Plus10. Extensive back office support resulting in accurate & timely commission payments11. Many up front airline commission agreements together with attractive back-end incentives with preferred carriers12. Discounted hotel, car rental and leisure programs with bonus commissions13. Exclusive ongoing Supplier Training, Webinars, Educational Familiarization Trips and Site Inspections (many with commission incentives and bonuses), conference calls, Suppliers Certifications and more. 14. Personal support and assistance with access to marketing tools for your success.15. Free Sabre Training16. Free dedicated Agent Only portals and web sites are available for all suppliers. Optional customized client web sites are updated daily with all supplier and Ensemble Consortium specials and promotions.17. Free marketing program (e-marketing and direct mail) and business development specialists are always ready to help you grow your business.18. Better Business Bureau A+ Rating (See attached)19. Most important……we have been in travel in Phoenix since 1981. Differences:Want documents sent to alternate address? NO CHARGE.Forget to Invoice a booking? NO CHARGE.Send documents to your client? NO CHARGE.Monthly fee? NoneAnnual Fee? NoneSupport Fee? None Summary:Real Time cruise booking system – FreeAccess to every major cruise lines with real time booking – Free7 Day per week support – Including all HolidaysProfessional support & ticket fulfillmentCLIA, ARC & IATAN membershipAccess to sales and commission reportsNo ticketing feesMarketing an Business DevelopmentTop Tier Supplier CommissionSeminars-at-Sea and Annual ConferenceThousands of Blocked and Escorted Cruise CabinsState-of-the-Art Booking ToolsWebEx TrainingDozens of daily Emails keeping you up to date on Specials and essential Industry HappeningsAgent Port – FreeTrams Client Base – FreeSelect Traveler Amenities Program – FreeMonthly commission checksNo Annual FeesNo Monthly FeesIATAN and CLIA cards with qualificationFree Agent Only Web SiteFree Ensemble Select Agency MembershipMany more powerful tools, features, and benefits…last_img read more

Lecture looks at how Canadians and Americans are becoming alike

A renowned author and journalist will visit Brock on Thursday to present a Canadian Studies guest lecture on how Canadians and Americans are becoming more alike.Andrew Cohen, professor of journalism and international affairs at Carleton University, will speak to students and guests on March 31 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Thistle 325.His talk is entitled, “Our Converging Continental Character: How Canadians and Americans are Becoming More Alike.”The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend and no tickets are required.Cohen is author of the best-selling book While Canada Slept: How We Lost Our Place in the World and more recently Extraordinary Canadians: Lester B. Pearson. He was also Washington correspondent at the Globe and Mail.In his 30-year career, he also worked at home and abroad for The Ottawa Citizen, United Press International, Time, The Financial Post, Saturday Night and The Globe and Mail, where he was a foreign correspondent in Washington. read more

Richard Strauss lured students to private clinic with local advertising

Dr. Richard Strauss opened a private clinic in Columbus in August 1996 just 12 days after he finished working at Ohio State Student Medical Services.Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateHowever, even though Strauss was not regularly treating Ohio State students, he still had access to them. Advertisements for “Men’s Clinics of America” ran in several issues of The Lantern, according to the student newspaper’s archives. He also ran ads over local radio, said Brian Garrett, a former nursing student who worked at Strauss’ clinic.The advertisement in The Lantern described his clinic as offering “prompt treatment of common genital/urinary problems,” as well as providing examinations for rashes, lumps, pain/burning, checkups, testing, sexually transmitted diseases and “answers to questions.” It said the clinic had experienced doctors, a male staff and “strict medical confidentiality.”University Provost Bruce McPheron said during the Audit & Compliance Committee meeting on June 7 that investigators had learned about the clinic and knew there were acts of sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred there. The independent investigation, led by the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, has been looking into the hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse against Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, and whether the university knew about the acts and allowed it to happen. McPheron said the Columbus clinic is part of the investigation because Ohio State students were reportedly treated and abused by Strauss while there.In the advertisement, it said there was a student discount. However, Garrett said when an Ohio State athlete would come in, Strauss would tell Garrett and the other employees that the athlete would receive free treatment and that the treatment was to be kept “off the record.”Garrett said that through those advertisements, he would not only get students to seek treatment, but also to help to run the clinic. “The crazy thing was, is he got OSU students — current OSU students — to run it, help him run it,” Garrett said. “But then he, like I said, he had OSU athletes coming in from teams that he was doing freebie exams with them.”Garrett was recruited by Strauss to work as a “receptionist” for the clinic, and said the office was located at 1350 W. Fifth Ave. The Lantern confirmed Strauss was listed as having owned property at the address from WhitePages.Garrett, who now resides in Powell, Ohio, told The Lantern one of his friends was approached in Larkins Hall — the old recreational facility at the university — by Strauss and was asked about working for him at the clinic. His friend then informed Garrett and another friend about the offer, all of whom accepted.While Garrett said he is not certain other students were abused, Garrett said he was abused by Strauss. He said after complaining of heartburn, Strauss told him to lie down on the exam table. He said Strauss began by pushing on Garrett’s stomach, but then removed his pants and began to closely examine his genitals. After five to 10 minutes, Garrett said he left and never returned to the clinic. Garrett said this had come the same day he was asked to sit in on one of Strauss’ exams of an Ohio State athlete. He described in graphic detail the abuse he witnessed Strauss commit on the athlete.“I just asked him if I had heartburn,” Garrett said, referring to the abuse committed against him by Strauss. “And then shortly after that — I never told anybody — I was like I can’t do this anymore.”The setup of the clinic was unusual compared with most others, Garrett said. The phones were forwarded to the apartments of Garrett and his friends when patients would try to call and schedule appointments, and that “people coming into the office had to be kept secret from the people leaving the office,” Garrett said.“Anytime the phone would ring, we would have to say, ‘Men’s Clinic of America’ and the person would say, ‘Hey, I’m trying to get an appointment for this,’” Garrett said. “And we would write down the appointments and we would tell him how many people called in.”According to documents obtained from the Ohio secretary of state’s office, Strauss’ company was officially incorporated on Aug. 19, 1996 and was dissolved two years later on Aug. 27, 1998.A screenshot of advertisements Dr. Richard Strauss ran for his private clinic found in The Lantern archives. Credit: Lantern FileHe also said Strauss was a part-time physician in student health services from July 1, 1994 until Aug. 7, 1996, but was a professor emeritus at Ohio State until he retired on July 1, 1998.Though it is unclear what Ohio State’s policy on outside practice of medicine was at the time Strauss ran his clinic, current policy forbids any faculty members in the College of Medicine to be “employed by other entities for the practice of medicine.”When asked whether university faculty referred students to Strauss’ clinic, Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the university cannot discuss details of the independent, ongoing investigation. Ohio State is scheduled to provide another update on the Strauss investigation at 10 a.m. during Thursday’s Audit & Compliance Committee meeting.Athletes from 14 different sports have been interviewed and over 200 former students and staff members have talked with investigators about Strauss, the university said in a release on July 20. There are more than 100 former students and student-athletes believed to have been abused by Strauss while he was at the university, and investigators are also looking into whether he abused high school students.The university urges anyone with information pertaining to the investigation to contact investigators at read more

Baseball Early innings determined outcomes in Ohio States split series against BethuneCookman

Ohio State assistant coach Chris Holick (6) embraces and greets players after the top of the fifth inning in Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Mar. 16 in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterEarly starts dictated success in Daytona, Florida, as the Ohio State baseball team (7-5) split its four-game series against Bethune-Cookman (5-6). Game 1A comeback fell short for the Buckeyes in Florida on Friday.  Despite an 11-strikeout game from redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway, Ohio State (5-4) came up short against Bethune-Cookman (4-4), losing 4-3. Lonsway had the most strikeouts by an Ohio State pitcher in nine years in the losing effort. Ohio State then-junior Alex Wimmers struck out 11 batters back in 2010 in a game against Minnesota. Junior pitcher Anthony Maldonado allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings of work for the Wildcats for his first win of the season. Bethune-Cookman redshirt senior center fielder Zach Spivey got a two-out hit with the bases loaded to drive in two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats would add two more runs to balloon the lead to 4-0. Ohio State surged late with a two-run single by freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth inning to reduce the deficit to one run. Redshirt senior pitcher Brandon Wilkes recorded the last out for the Wildcats to earn his second save of the season. Game 2The Buckeyes bounced back with their third shutout win of the season. Ohio State (6-4) defeated Bethune-Cookman (4-5) by a score of 6-0. Freshman pitcher Garrett Burhenn earned his second win of the season in 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite allowing 10 hits, the Buckeyes turned three double plays to prevent any damage on the scoreboard. The baserunning for Ohio State made an impact as well, with a season-high four stolen bases. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Buckeyes never looked back. Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone produced three hits and an RBI in the win. Senior pitcher Tyler Krull was given the loss for the Wildcats. Game 3An explosive showing from the bats helped Ohio State to its second straight win. The Buckeyes (7-4) beat Bethune-Cookman (4-6) by a score of 16-9 on Sunday, the most runs the Buckeyes have scored in a game this season. Five different Buckeyes had multiple-RBI games, including a three-RBI game from junior shortstop Noah West.The Buckeyes pounced to a 14-1 lead before the Wildcats stepped up to hit in the bottom of the second inning. Despite giving up his most runs this season, sophomore pitcher Griffan Smith earned his third win in 2019. Smith had six earned runs in five innings of work. Junior pitcher Bryan Melendez was given his first loss of the season for the Wildcats. Game 4Ohio State lost the series finale to split the series with Bethune-Cookman.The Buckeyes (7-5) could not overcome an early deficit to the Wildcats (5-6) in their 8-3 loss. Missed opportunities and free baserunners plagued the Buckeyes throughout the game. Although seven runs were scored during junior pitcher Jake Vance’s time of the mound, only two counted as earned runs against him after a six-run second inning fueled by an error and a flyball lost in the sun. The Buckeyes also allowed seven walks in the contest, tying the season-high for walks previously set in both of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi games.Senior first baseman Danny Rodriguez drove in three RBIs for the Wildcats. Vance fell to 1-1 on the year, and Jordan Pinto earned his second win of the season. Ohio State takes on Furman in Greenville, South Carolina as part of the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. The game is set for 6 p.m. Friday. read more