LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA and ASTA are hosting their second Hispanics in Travel Caucus on January 22 in Orlando, Florida. The session, which includes a Cafe con Leche - informal discussion and networking - will bring together key tourism professionals … December 18, 2012
PUERTO VALLARTA-RIVIERA NAYARIT, Mexico - In a historic partnership between two visionary travel industry organizations, the NTA-ASTA Hispanic Business Development Task Force met for the first time in conjunction with Tianguis Turistico Mexico and developed … March 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Tripatini.com CEO David Paul Appell today announced the successful completion of final preparations for TheTravelBloggerShow, to be held for the second year in conjunction with the American Society of Travel Agents at ASTA’s annual … September 9, 2011
ASTA members are warned to following the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Full-Price and Code-Share advertising rules. Failure to follow these rules may result in steep civil penalties.
According to DOT’s Full-Fare advertising rule, airline … December 9, 2009
Whereas some travel agencies were able to weather the past year unscathed, the majority of agencies showed large drops in revenue and transactions, according to the recently-released ASTA Travel Agency Business Trends survey. The survey also shows that … December 1, 2009
ASTA and Best Western have partnered to bolster social media efforts to recruit more young professionals into the travel industry. ASTA will launch its Interactive Agency Web Apps Forum (Apps Forum) later this year with sponsorship support from Best Western. … September 15, 2009
Founder of Uniglobe Travel International and franchising legend, U. Gary Charlwood www.ugarycharlwood.com, has been named to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Hall of Fame.
ASTA www.asta.org, the world’s largest association of travel … September 14, 2009
ASTA today issued a clarification to a portion of last week’s member alert on the recently-implemented New York City hotel service fee tax. The revised portion of the alert followds.
Under the new tax computation procedures, whenever a travel retailer … September 8, 2009
Yesterday, at its first virtual board of directors meeting, ASTA’s (American Society of Travel Agents) board reviewed the society’s current position with respect to targeted and year-to-date goals and was provided updates in critical areas of interest … August 7, 2009
ASTA announced today the following ASTA members have been certified by George Delanoy, ASTA National Treasurer, as elected to serve in the respective offices indicated.
Newly-elected national directors-at-large who will serve for a two-year term, … July 23, 2009
On Friday, July 17, United Airlines informed those agents whose merchant fee privileges it intended to revoke effective July 20, that they would be granted a 60-day extension if they asked for it. This move represented a major success for ASTA and its … July 21, 2009
With today's economic challenges, and particularly the reduced availability of credit, some suppliers and tour companies may be unable to meet short-term financial obligations. That includes making deposits and final payments to hotels and other travel … June 16, 2009
HONOLULU, HI – eTurboNews, Inc. is proud to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) to help promote the upcoming International Destination Expo South Africa 2009.
“With the addition of eTurboNews … February 21, 2009
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In a letter to Secretary Ray LaHood, following his Senate confirmation as US Secretary of Transportation, ASTA requested today that the department bring to a timely conclusion the work of the National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency … February 4, 2009
ALEXANDRIA, VA - ASTA is praising President-elect Barack Obama' nominee to be Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), for signaling a change in American foreign policy with respect to Cuba. At her confirmation hearing before the Senate … January 16, 2009
Beginning January 12, 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States under the VWP. This authorization may be obtained online … November 12, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - ASTA offers international travel industry professionals the resources and representation they need to become more successful at selling travel. To that end, ASTA is offering travel professionals who sign-up to become members at World … October 15, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Today, ASTA announced its newest member benefit — the Travel Agent’s Management Toolkit. Sponsored by Best Western, this interactive toolkit combines the best of the Model Agency I and II programs and is designed to provide ASTA members … October 8, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In response to the House of Representatives’ vote to pass the Senate-passed version of H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, ASTA released the following statement:
ASTA congratulates the House of Representatives … October 4, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In response to the Senate’s vote to pass H.R. 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, ASTA released the following statement:
The current crisis in the financial markets poses considerable challenges to the travel … October 2, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - ASTA claims victory in its efforts to block recent amendments to the Florida Sellers of Travel Law, as a federal judge in Miami today ruled that the new restrictions are likely to be declared unconstitutional and barred the state from … October 1, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - ASTA announced today that it has released its 2007 Service Fee Report. Since 1999, the percentage of agencies that collect any type of services fee has increased steadily and now has plateaued in the mid-90 percent range. A key finding … September 15, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - On Wednesday, in response to several new amendments to Florida’s Seller of Travel law, ASTA filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in ABC Charters v. Bronson, a case brought against the state of Florida by 16 travel agencies … September 13, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - At THETRADESHOW in Orlando, ASTA's International Chapter Presidents Council (ICPC) re-elected Canada Chapter president Robert Durant of WD World Travel (Vancouver), an international travel management company, to serve a one-year term … September 13, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 8, 2008) - Kathryn W. Sudeikis, CTC, vice president of corporate relations for All About Travel in Mission, Kansas, was honored today with ASTA's 2008 Travel Agent of the Year Award, during its annual meeting at THETRADESHOW in … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 8, 2008) - During its annual meeting today, ASTA presented the Allied Member of the Year Award to Chris Austin, vice president of global customer partnerships/leisure and luxury sales for Starwood Hotels Resorts Worldwide, Inc., … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 8, 2008) - Today, at ASTA's annual meeting held at THETRADESHOW in Orlando, Tom Conlin, founder of Conlin Travel (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors that ASTA presents to individuals. … September 8, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 8, 2008) - At THETRADESHOW in Orlando, ASTA's Board of Directors elected its new Executive Committee. Chris Russo was elected as ASTA president and CEO, and will serve with Hope Wallace, CTC, who was elected to the position of … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 8, 2008) - Fred Miller, CTC, former vice president of travel industry relations for Marriott International, was awarded with ASTA's Lifetime Award today. The award was presented at ASTA's annual meeting at THETRADESHOW in Orlando … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 8, 2008) - Stephanie Lee, marketing director for TravelQuest (Albertville, Minn.) was awarded ASTA's Young Professional Award, today at ASTA's annual meeting. The award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding young travel professional. … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL (September 08, 2008) - Al Minkoff, CTC, the founder of consortia giants GEM and Cruiselink, was inducted posthumously into ASTA's Hall of Fame today. The award is the highest honor that ASTA presents to individuals. ASTA's Travel Hall of Fame … September 8, 2008
ORLANDO, FL - ASTA announced today that it will release the 2008 Travel Agent Usage and Fee Sensitivity Study for Travel Agent and Premium Members on ASTA.org .
"This study looks at consumers' views of travel agents, the many reasons consumers use … September 8, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Following on the heels of legal actions taken by various states, including California, against a multi-level travel marketing firm (MLMs), ASTA is reiterating its stance regarding MLMs and card mills.
Said ASTA president and CEO Cheryl … August 28, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In response to several new amendments to Florida's Seller of Travel law, ASTA will file an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in ABC Charters v. Bronson, a case brought against the state of Florida by 16 travel agencies specializing … August 27, 2008
ALEXANDRIA, VA - At its meeting held last week in New Orleans, ASTA's Board of Directors (BOD) reviewed ASTA's current financial position with respect to targeted goals and governance with an eye to making the organization more effective in 2009. In this … August 14, 2008
Alexandria, VA - ASTA today issued the following statement in response to S. 3268, the Stop Excessive Speculation Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): Every American is aware of the startling rise in fuel prices in the first half … July 22, 2008
Alexandria, VA - ASTA testified today at a House Committee on Small Business hearing on How the Air Transportation Crisis is Hurting Travelers, Entrepreneurs and the Economy. In his testimony, ASTA's Senior Vice President of Legal and Industry Affairs … June 26, 2008
Antitrust immunity should be deferred for international joint venture
Alexandria, VA- ASTA has filed a request with the U.S. Department of Transportation asking it to defer a decision regarding a request to grant sweeping antitrust immunity to a major … May 6, 2008
Tourism Cares, the non-profit group dedicated to promoting responsible and sustainable tourism, has assumed the administration and disbursement of all American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Foundation Scholarship funds.
When combined with Tourism … April 28, 2008
ASTA today released its second annual Financial Benchmarking Report, the results of which provide travel agencies with data that can be used to pinpoint areas of excellence, as well as areas which can be improved. Among the key findings, the report … April 3, 2008
ASTA announced today that it will host its first-ever Retail Travel Leadership Summit at the 2008 THETRADESHOW in Orlando. This innovative event will bring together industry leaders and executives from top-tier travel companies and foster open discussions … April 1, 2008
ASTA is pleased to announce Scott Koepf, CTC, MCC, as the new president of the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA). Koepf will start his new position on April 1, 2008. Previously, Koepf was vice president of strategic business … March 13, 2008
In its annual “Hot Spots for Summer” survey, ASTA polled 585 travel agency owners and managers to determine the most popular second honeymoon destinations and uncover other emerging travel trends for 2008.
Rank Most Popular Second Honeymoon … March 13, 2008
NACTA is proud to announce another innovative sales and marketing tool for NACTA members—the NACTA Virtual Cruise Night and Virtual Travel Sale. Each event is specially designed to meet the unique needs of home-based travel professionals, … March 12, 2008
Families with teenagers often find themselves in the struggle of picking a vacation spot that everyone can enjoy. ASTA’s 2008 Hot Spots for summer survey found that cruises are the most popular way for families with teens of all ages to spend time … March 12, 2008
ASTA's 2008 International Destination Expo (IDE) will take place April 12-16 in Lyon, France at the Lyon Convention Center. New this year will be the complimentary Global Business Day on April 13, which is open to all international travel agent attendees … February 29, 2008
ASTA has enhanced its consumer travel Web site, TravelSense.org, with several new features. The new site offers guests a more thorough experience and allows them to search for travel tips and destination articles, purchase travel books and guides and … February 26, 2008
As the Super Bowl approaches, sports fans around the country will be looking for last-minute travel bargains and packages for the big game. ASTA offers some recommendations for fans evaluating travel packages."Every year, we hear reports of sports fans … January 23, 2008
ASTA filed comments today with the Department of Transportation (DOT) on the issue of Oversales and Denied Boarding Compensation. ASTA provided the DOT with numerous recommendations for updating the more than 20-year old rules that currently govern the … January 22, 2008
ASTA announced today the details of its International Destination Expo 2008 Castle Sweepstakes. The International Destination Expo (IDE) will take place April 12-16, in Lyon, France. Travel agents who register by Jan. 31 for IDE will automatically be … January 17, 2008
The 2008 International Destination Expo (IDE) will take place April 12-16 in Lyon, France at the Lyon Convention Center. Conference attendees are being offered great deals on air and rail tickets during IDE to make Europe more accessible. From 10 to 15 … January 14, 2008
ASTA has added three additional days of complimentary sightseeing tours at the 2008 International Destination Expo, April 12-16 in Lyon, France. Taking this extra time to explore Lyon, attendees will have the chance to experience first-hand European sightseeing … December 17, 2007
ASTA, Carlson Travel Network and Uniglobe Travel USA Join Fight
Earlier today, ASTA, along with Carlson Travel Network Associates, Inc. and UNIGLOBE Travel USA LLC, all members of the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) Joint Advisory Board–Agent Reporting … December 14, 2007
ASTA is pleased to announce that RSS feeds and the Industry Calendar of Events are available on ASTA’s new Web site, ASTA.org. Updating members with news and events in more ways will allow businesses to grow and broaden their knowledge of the industry. … December 13, 2007
The NACTA Independent Agents Report is now available, for the first time, for any travel professional to purchase. The 2007 report is a joint product of NACTA, the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents, and ASTA.
“It is important to … December 13, 2007
ASTA, through its marketing arm AMSI (ASTA Marketing Services Inc.), announced today that it will be working with Cellhire Mobile Solutions to offer ASTA members a variety of cell phone solutions while traveling overseas.
Cellhire will be providing … October 4, 2007
Alexandria, Va., Sept. 28, 2007— Responding to RCI’s announcement that it will eliminate travel agent commissions on airline bookings made through the cruise line, ASTA expressed its concern and displeasure with the new plan. The new policy applies … October 1, 2007
Alexandria, Va., July 19, 2007—In a society where personalized service has become practically obsolete, travel agents have made an impression on consumers seeking one-on-one attention. In fact, recent articles in Smart Money, the New York Times, and … July 19, 2007
ASTA Member Testifies Before Massachusetts Joint Revenue Committee on Hotel Occupancy Tax
Alexandria, Va., June 5, 2007—ASTA member Jean Deveber with Garber/FCm Travel Solutions (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), testified today before the Commonwealth of … June 5, 2007
Alexandria, Va., May 15, 2007-On June 12, 2007, ASTA will hold its third Legislative Day, where attendees will obtain, firsthand, insights from U.S. government officials on travel–related issues such the Secure Flight program's upcoming rules that may … May 15, 2007
Alexandria, Va., May 9, 2007 â€“THETRADESHOW partners announced today a partnership with Prestige Travel and Cruises American Express to produce the 13th Annual Cruise and Vacation show in conjunction with THETRADESHOW, Saturday Sept. 8, from 10:00 … May 9, 2007