Tomorrow and Wednesday will have some interesting info on the Tennessee caper. Over the weekend, I was speculating if there was a connection with Bob's bailing out on YTB and the RTA in Tennessee. Something just did not smell right to me and I wondered if there was a connection.
Well, apparently I was not the only one speculating as is evidenced by these posts found on the Yahoo Finance Pages:
Well, I do know this.. I know that Carnival, who he was chairman for, is investigating YTB at the behest of Carnival's largest "senior trip" planners after a YTB RTA scammed a number of students out of money for the cruise. The RTA alleged that she was told to book it all under her name so that the under 18 students would not be rejected. After YTB cancelled her RTA membership, they allowed her husband to continue with the account, and it appears that the trip will be going on. And it's not the first story of this.. that's the only thing I can think of. Maybe Carnival's about to turn off access to YTB and Dickinson found out about it?
And after a few posts, this clarification:
They're investigating right now who told her to do these things and whether or not she was in the wrong or not. In the end, the cruise line is investigating YTB and the company through which YTB apparently schedules class trips.. and the company that schedules class trips apparently has stated they will no longer work for YTB and has urged Carnival to do the same, and the students are still in flux about whether or not there will be a trip. This, by the way , is happening in Tennessee.
And finally this one:
Something to note is that she is claiming she was told by YTB to register under her name the students, because Carnival does not allow people under 21 to travel without parents/chaperones, and the trip was being advertised as an unchaperoned trip for 18 year olds.Too bad Ted Lindauer seems to have been silenced, I would like to know his take on this. Again, this is from a message board and not confirmed at this point, but this whole Tennessee thing needs to be watched carefully. The comments in the messages sound exactly like something YTB might tell an RTA to get out of a jam. Perhaps someone on the inside at Carnival may have been involved--maybe someone that stood something to gain is YTB had this group. Hmmm, it's a mystery!