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PATH Sponsors Symposium for All Host Agencies

August 20, 2009 By: George Dooley

The Professional Association of Travel Hosts (PATH) will sponsor a one-day symposium on October 6 in Atlantic City, which will be open to all host agencies, including PATH members and non-members. During the event, host agency owners and managers will have an opportunity to address common challenges within the host agency business and collaborate to identify best practices on supplier partnerships, tools, technology and training.

Discussions will be held on legal issues, such as fraud protection, working with independent contractors, state seller of travel laws and clarification of coverage with E&O insurance providers. Currently scheduled on the agenda will be Debbie Erickson of ARC addressing "Risk Management— Fraud Prevention," ASTA’s Paul Ruden addressing legal issues associated with hosting independent contractors, and Steve Levin of Berkely discussing "Errors & Omissions Insurance."

“We are excited to announce that plans are well underway for this important gathering.” states Jackie Friedman, vice president of PATH and general manager for Nexion.

“Through this symposium, PATH’s mission is to provide a strong and equitable voice for all reputable host agencies," said Anita Pagliasso of Ticket To Travel. "We have found while working together we are better able to forge a future that benefits all host agencies and the travel industry as a whole. The association will continue to work together to create a leveraged voice regarding host needs, and to address common challenges.”

Also planned are interactive brainstorming sessions regarding suppliers issues, such as, how to leverage the available training programs, working effectively across territories and maximizing opportunities to work together to reach hosted agents. Globus, Carnival and TravelSafe are confirmed participants and PATH’s goal is to get more suppliers involved.

PATH’s membership information for host agencies is available at or by contacting [email protected].

For registration or supplier participation information, go to or call Betsy Geiser at 949-623-9070.

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