Inta-Aussie, a wholesaler specializing in South Pacific travel
for more than 30 years, was sold last week to Aus-Vacations, the
largest Australian retail travel company in the United States.
More than 80 percent of Inta-Aussie’s sales were through travel
agents, many of whom had complained in recent months about late
commission payments. Elliot Gillies, a spokesman for Aus-Vacations,
said Dec. 4 that the new ownership would honor all customer
bookings, but it was unclear whether all past-due commissions would
He said that Aus-Vacations, a division of Austravel Leisure
Holdings, had purchased the Inta-Aussie name and assets but was not
assuming its debt.
“We can’t guarantee that everyone will be made whole,” he said,
adding that travel agents “have to be somewhat patient” as details
of the deal are not complete.
Most of Aus-Vacations’ transactions have been direct to the
consumer but, with the Inta-Aussie purchase, Gillies said the
company hopes to move to a 50/50 consumer/travel agent sales
He said agents could make inquiries through the company Web