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International Travel Agent Summit attracts agents from 18 countries

International Travel Agent Summit attracts agents from 18 countries ( ALEXANDRIA, VA - Nearly 40 travel sellers representing 18 countries attended ASTA's International Travel Agent Summit in Orlando on September 9, 2008. The meeting, which kicked off Global Business Day at THETRADESHOW, was created to bring international travel professionals together to meet and develop global business contacts.

“The International Travel Agent Summit is exactly what our international members have been asking for, and THETRADESHOW was the perfect time to gather everyone together,” said Robert Durant, president of the International Chapter Presidents Counsel. “Our members have asked for more networking, more opportunities and a growing marketplace that they can easily conduct business in across the globe. The Global Business Day was the perfect forum to meet their needs and furnish business opportunities for our international members.”

In addition to giving each participant the opportunity to introduce their company, the Summit featured a presentation highlighting ASTA's unique package of online business tools, including the WebExchange, ASTA's business-to-business online marketplace, access to consumer leads generated from ASTA's consumer Web site, and the International Bulletin Board, ASTA's online forum for member discussion and networking.

To see a summary of the meeting, a copy of the presentation of ASTA's online business tools and the Summit Directory, which lists all travel agents who registered for the International Travel Agent Summit, please go to ASTA's Global Business Day page on .

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.

Ms. Kristina Rundquist VP, Communications American Society of Travel Agents Phone: (703) 739-8710 E-Mail:

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