Travel Advisor Develops Subscription Model to Deal With New World of Travel

Travel Advisor | June 12, 2020

Ralph Iantosca, owner of Iantosca Travel in Irving, Texas, has been a successful high-end travel advisor for many years, with a portfolio of loyal affluent customers. But the pandemic threw his business into disarray with his having to repay commissions while some suppliers did not offer refunds to clients. “I’ve never been through anything like this,” said Iantosca, “but after I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I decided it was time to redo the way I do business.”

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The U.S. Virgin Islands are situated in the Caribbean, just a three-hour flight from Miami. Located southwest of the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgins are made up of three main islands and surrounded by around fifty smaller cays and islets. The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix was first named Santa Cruz by Christopher Columbus in 1493. Taste the historical flavors of the island at the Cruzan Rum Distillery, where the spirit of St Croix has been lovingly bottled for over 200 years.

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