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North America’s largest travel agent-only trade association

North America’s largest travel agent-only trade association

From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel Agents, continues to be the voice of small and independent travel agents across the country. … January 28, 2013
The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators commits to UNWTO Code of Ethics

UTRECHT, The Netherlands - The Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR), representing 200 tour operators and 1,400 travel agencies in the Netherlands, has pledged to observe the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The … January 16, 2013
Launch of first ever LGBT online training for travel agents

Launch of first ever LGBT online training for travel agents

LONDON, UK - Visit Helsinki, and Tourismus & Congress Frankfurt have become the first destination tourism offices to develop targeted training specifically for travel agents and tour operators aimed at increasing LGBT visitors to their cities. The … January 8, 2013
Maldives local travel agents honors the country’s first Travel and Tourism Awards

Maldives local travel agents honors the country’s first Travel and Tourism Awards

MALE, Maldives – The Maldives Association for Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) honored the travel and tourism industry with the first ever Maldives Travel Awards. The grand awarding ceremony was held on September 28, 2012 at Paradise Island … October 2, 2012
Centara extends a night under the stars for industry leaders attending TTM

Centara extends a night under the stars for industry leaders attending TTM

Thirayuth Chirathivat (3rd right in photo), the new Chief Executive Officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts, recently presided over a cocktail party to welcome leading members of the travel industry and extend cooperation among travel agents all over the … June 18, 2012
Travel agents from South Africa’s Thompsons Holidays enjoy a Creole gala evening before leaving Seychelles

Travel agents from South Africa’s Thompsons Holidays enjoy a Creole gala evening before leaving Seychelles

After six-days of a fully-packed itinerary, touring various tourism establishments of Seychelles, the familiarization visit of a group of 30 travel agents of Thompsons Holidays ended with a fun-filled, exotic Creole gala evening. The 30 travel agents … April 2, 2012
Dynamic Hispanic market draws attention of tour operators and travel agents

Dynamic Hispanic market draws attention of tour operators and travel agents

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
Seychelles Tourism Office in Paris launches an aggressive training program for French and Benelux travel agents

Seychelles Tourism Office in Paris launches an aggressive training program for French and Benelux travel agents

As part of its B2B promotional activity program, the Seychelles Tourism Office in Paris is organizing a series of destination and product training for travel agents in Paris and suburbs (île de France) – called “les rendez-vous de l’Office du Tourisme … January 24, 2012
Biggest group of Belgium tour operators become familiar with the Seychelles islands

Biggest group of Belgium tour operators become familiar with the Seychelles islands

A group of 43-leading travel agents from the Belgium-based tour operator of UNICLAM was recently in Seychelles on a five- day educational visit to learn firsthand of the destination. This is the biggest group of Belgium travel agents to have been on … December 9, 2011
North America’s largest travel agent-only trade association

North America’s largest travel agent-only trade association

From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel Agents, continues to be the voice of small and independent travel agents across the country. … November 16, 2011
Signature refines marketing initiatives at annual Marketing Committee meeting

Signature refines marketing initiatives at annual Marketing Committee meeting

MARINA DEL REY, California – Signature Travel Network recently held its annual Marketing Committee meeting at the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton. The committee members, representing a cross section of the network's agency owners and executives, gathered … August 24, 2011
Emirates Holidays and Seychelles Tourism Board launch Be Smart, Be Carnaval travel agents program

Emirates Holidays and Seychelles Tourism Board launch Be Smart, Be Carnaval travel agents program

DUBAI, UAE - Emirates Holidays and the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) have once more teamed up to boost tourist traffic to the Seychelles. "Be Smart, Be Carnaval" is a joint undertaking, which has recently been launched to target travel agents from specific … June 28, 2011
Seychelles launches its

Seychelles launches its "Be Smart Be Carnaval" campaign for travel agents in France

A new sales competition for the Seychelles Smart Agents (travel agents who are accredited as trained Seychelles specialists) has been launched in France in order to generate sales for the Creole tropical islands during the 2012 March Carnival. Air Seychelles … April 27, 2011
PATA Chapter delegates to enjoy unique access to Temple of Heaven

PATA Chapter delegates to enjoy unique access to Temple of Heaven

BANGKOK, Thailand - Delegates of the PATA Chapter Colloquium will enjoy a rare night access to Beijing’s famous “Temple of Heaven” for a special cocktail reception on the evening of April 8, 2011. Chapter members will be guests at the opening ceremony … March 31, 2011
American Airlines and

American Airlines and "booking source premium”

UFTAA members will recall American Airlines’ (AA) announcement made in mid-November that it planned, as from the end of 2010, to charge travel agents a fee for each segment booked by them over AA’s services using a Travelport GDS supplier. … February 16, 2011
Is collateral damage really necessary?

Is collateral damage really necessary?

DISPUTE BETWEEN AMERICAN AIRLINES AND TRAVELPORT The fallout potential from American Airlines’ (AA) dispute with Travelport continues to worry UFTAA. American Airlines’ announced in mid-November that travel agents in 55 countries would from late … December 12, 2010
UFTAA elects Mario Bevacqua president

UFTAA elects Mario Bevacqua president

Following the election of a new Board of Directors by the recent Annual General Assembly held in Rimini (Italy), Mario Bevacqua, former Vice President, was elected President of The United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA). Mario is highly … November 15, 2010
Home based agents have lots to learn at THETRADESHOW

Home based agents have lots to learn at THETRADESHOW

This year, home-based agents will have a myriad of learning opportunities at THETRADESHOW being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from September 12-14, 2010. Scott Koepf, former NACTA president, will provide a keynote that … August 23, 2010
Seychelles is back in the UK

Seychelles is back in the UK

A spectacular evening for UK travel agents and press was held in Chandos House in London to mark the reopening of the Seychelles Tourism Office in London. Seychelles High Commissioner Patrick Pillay, and members of the Seychelles National Assembly, … July 16, 2010
Five-Star Corinthia Hotel Budapest hosted large group of American travel agents

Five-Star Corinthia Hotel Budapest hosted large group of American travel agents

Members Of US-Based National Association Of Career Travel Agents The five-star, award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest, the only hotel in Hungary's capital to make the list of TripAdvisor's top 25 hotels, hosted a group of 38 American travel agents, … May 6, 2010
Message from the Sofia congress chairman

Message from the Sofia congress chairman

Richard Lohento, chairman of the upcoming congress of the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA), sent a message to travel agents about the upcoming important event being held in Bulgaria: "In a few months we will be celebrating one … April 7, 2010
United Federal of Travel Agents' Association applauds Indian agents' victory

United Federal of Travel Agents' Association applauds Indian agents' victory

United Federal of Travel Agents' Association (UFTAA) president, William Tan, has expressed his warm congratulations to travel agent bodies in India on having persuaded the regulatory authorities of that country to order the airlines to honor their contractual … April 7, 2010
43rd UFTAA World Congress held in Kathmandu

43rd UFTAA World Congress held in Kathmandu

The 43rd World Congress of the United Federation of Travel Agents Associations (UFTAA) took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, in late November this year. More than one hundred delegates from across the world were in attendance. UFTAA represents 80 national and … December 10, 2009
UFTAA elects new board

UFTAA elects new board

The United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations (UFTAA) held its annual elections for its board of directors on November 21. Mr. William Tan, president of NATAS in Singapore, was re-elected to head the federation as its president. Mr. Mario Bevacqua … December 6, 2009
ASTA study examines trends in travel agency business

ASTA study examines trends in travel agency business

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
Tax on travel agents for NYC hotel sales begins Sept. 1

Tax on travel agents for NYC hotel sales begins Sept. 1

Despite continuing efforts by ASTA, ASTA members, and its allies to have it rescinded, it now appears that the recently-enacted new tax on travel agency service fees related to hotel sales for hotels in New York City will go into effect on September 1, … August 25, 2009
ASTA installs executive committee

ASTA installs executive committee

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 announces officials election results

ASTA announces officials election results

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
United Airlines update: ASTA victorious in getting agents 60-day extension

United Airlines update: ASTA victorious in getting agents 60-day extension

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
Travel agents taken on an unforgettable journey through Thailand

Travel agents taken on an unforgettable journey through Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi office, and Thai Airways International PCL, Kolkata organized an AET trip to Krabi and Bangkok for travel agents from north and east India from June 2-7, 2009. Krabi is one of southern Thailand's most attractive … July 20, 2009
Travel agents’ associations condemn United Airlines credit card fee transfer

Travel agents’ associations condemn United Airlines credit card fee transfer

The World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (WTAAA) has voiced its’ condemnation of the move by United Airlines (United - UA) to transfer credit card merchant fee costs to selected United States-based travel agents and inevitably to consumers. United … July 1, 2009
2Go Media revitalizes travel agents’ businesses

2Go Media revitalizes travel agents’ businesses

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - 2Go Media is a cutting-edge Internet media company that was created to give travel agents the assistance needed to get their messages and products in front of the right audience. 2Go Media offers complete online marketing packages … April 16, 2009

1,000 Indian travel agents surrender capping on Singapore Airlines

One hundred days after commencement, the standoff between Singapore Airlines and travel agents has moved to a different plane. Over 1,000 agents across the country have dealt a huge blow to the distribution network and sales of the airline in India by … April 9, 2009
ASTA releases 2008 travel agent usage and fee sensitivity study

ASTA releases 2008 travel agent usage and fee sensitivity study

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
ASTA Board approves changes to officer eligibility status

ASTA Board approves changes to officer eligibility status

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
THETRADESHOW announces new home-based seminars for delegates

THETRADESHOW announces new home-based seminars for delegates

Alexandria, VA- To help travel professionals who have taken their businesses home or are considering becoming home-based in the future, THE TRADESHOW has announced new seminars geared to home-based agents attending this year's show. The 2008 THE TRADESHOW … July 15, 2008
New Website where Travel Agents compete for your airline business

New Website where Travel Agents compete for your airline business

Finally a new idea in travel. Todd Frazer owner of Compete4yourseat.com explains.I have been in the travel business for over 30 years and have seen major changes over this period of time. From airline's going in and out of business to writing airline … March 19, 2008



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