By Louise Longman

CADOGAN Holidays managing director Gary David is set
to meet up with 100 Advantage agents attending the consortium’s conference in
Cyprus this weekend to discuss joining his Elite Club.

The move, likely to infuriate Advantage bosses,
follows David’s decision to pull out of the conference in Paphos after
Advantage ended its agreement with Cadogan over the Elite Club. As part of the
arrangement, Cadogan pledges to honour all current commissions but pay more to
agents that produce extra business 
(Travel Weekly April 21).

However, David has gone to Paphos with the sole
purpose of speaking to 100 Advantage agents who he claims have asked to join
the Elite Club. He told Travel Weekly he was not planning to attend the
conference itself. “We operate to Paphos and I’m going to be out there anyway,
so why not speak to agents?” he said.

Advantage sales and marketing director Colin O’Neill
said: “I’m not going to rubbish Cadogan. The commercial agreement with Cadogan
has ended – by mutual decision – and I’m going to concentrate on working with
those operators who want to work with us.”

The issue of commercial deals is likely to be
discussed at a closed members meeting in Paphos this morning.