Aus-Vacations Buys Inta-Aussie

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


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 be paid.

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 ratio.

He said agents could make inquiries through the company Web site, www.aus-vacations.com.

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