ASTA Association News
ASTAPAC's growing influence in D.C.
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 29, 2017
The American Society of Travel Agents' Political Action Committee (ASTAPAC) was established in 1979 to represent the collective voice of the Society's travel agent membership before the United States Congress and the White House. For over 30 years, ASTAPAC has served as the only PAC for travel agents, educating elected officials about our issues and counterbalancing opposing positions. Within the last five years alone, ASTAPAC has contributed nearly $270,000 to worthy, pro-travel agent candidates. ASTA members are encouraged to contribute now! Not a member? Join ASTA today.
ASTA/NACTA Bahamas Showcase: New sightseeing and workshops!
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 28, 2017
New sightseeing and education sessions are being released soon for the ASTA/NACTA Bahamas Showcase June 21-24, 2017!
Sail to the private Blue Lagoon Island or partake in an interactive bottlenose dolphin or sea lion encounter. Take advantage of unique education sessions, including a history of the Junkanoo, hands-on culture and cuisine demonstrations, and a deep dive on selling the romance of the Bahamas.
ASTA/NACTA members can use code "ProudMember" to receive an extra $50 off. Register today!
ASTA keeps you informed and prepared
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2017
Join ASTA today and receive member-only alerts containing information on the most up-to-date news regarding the travel industry. ASTA works tirelessly to make sure you are well-informed on industry news, rules and regulations, so you can focus on what you do best: selling travel. Our Member Alerts provide you with information on ever-changing state and federal regulations so you can comply with complicated government laws. Gain the knowledge you need to remain competitive and successful in the travel industry. Be the first to know -- join ASTA today.
Samantha Brown to emcee at ASTA Global Convention in San Diego
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2017
Travel industry personality Samantha Brown will reprise her role as emcee at the ASTA Global Convention taking place in San Diego, California on August 27-29, 2017.
Over the last 15 years, Samantha has traveled around the world visiting over 250 cities in 65 countries and 30 of the United States, creating over 200 hours of programming. We have one of the travel industry's most popular personalities as our moderator and emcee -- this is an ASTA event you don’t want to miss! Register NOW!
Empower your staff with access to ASTA's resources
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2017
Join ASTA today and give your staff the tools and insight they need to remain successful in this fast-paced industry. With ASTA's US Travel Agency membership, extend valuable and critical industry resources to your entire company. Take advantage of ASTA's webinars, E-Library, and consumer-driven website, TravelSense.org, and many other valuable business tools. Join ASTA today.
Just announced: ASTA China Summit 2017!
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 22, 2017
The ASTA China Summit is a 4-day destination immersion in Guiyang, located in the Guizhou Province of China. At the event, you will receive detailed destination education, have access to a unique trade show, and be treated to regional meals and cultural entertainment events as well as multiple FAM opportunities.
Leave as a Certified Guiyang Destination Specialist -- ready to sell this amazing locale to your clients and expand your business base. Conference rates for ASTA or NACTA members are only $199 before April 2017. Airfare special rates starting at $299 roundtrip! Register today!
Advance registration now open for 2017 ASTA Global Convention -- San Diego!
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 21, 2017
Join us Aug. 26-29, 2017 in San Diego for ASTA Global Convention 2017, the annual event where travel industry professionals obtain in-depth, interactive training on multiple fronts, including the most recent industry, government affairs and legal developments impacting the travel industry, an area in which only ASTA excels. Advance registration is now open. Don't miss out on the chance to register today!
Educational programs courses for on-the-go professionals
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2017
ASTA's members can access a variety of courses to gain the resources needed to stay on the cutting edge of travel. Courses are designed to make it easy for you to work at your own pace. Our premium selection of programs covers topics such as business basics, specialty market shares, travel destination specializations, niche travel and more. Discover the indispensable business benefits of our courses by joining ASTA today!
How does ASTAPAC work on your behalf?
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 17, 2017
A PAC, or political action committee, is the only legal means by which ASTA can channel donations to federal candidates who support the travel agent industry's legislative issues. By having a strong PAC, ASTA gains necessary access to policy makers in the White House and US Congress. This access provides the opportunity to educate elected lawmakers and voice travel agent concerns. ASTAPAC depends primarily on personal, voluntary contributions from ASTA members on an annual basis. It can also accept funds from member companies, allied members and non-members to cover operational expenses. ASTA members are encouraged to contribute now! Not a member? Join ASTA today.
Advanced registration now open for 2017 ASTA Global Convention -- San Diego!
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 14, 2017
Join us Aug. 26-29, 2017 in San Diego for ASTA Global Convention 2017, the annual event where travel industry professionals obtain in-depth, interactive training on multiple fronts, including the most recent industry, government affairs and legal developments impacting the travel industry, an area in which only ASTA excels. Advanced registration is now open. Don't miss out on the chance to register today!
2017 YPS Retreat at Club Med Ixtapa Pacifica, Mexico
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 13, 2017
ASTA Young Professional Travel Agents! Register today for the 2017 Retreat at the beautiful Club Med Ixtapa Pacifica, Mexico. Join your fellow YPS members April 1-5 on a retreat to learn, enjoy and bond together while experiencing all that Mexico and Club Med have to offer. Not a member? Agents under 40 can shape the travel industry of the future by joining ASTA’s Young Professionals Society today!
Join us for ASTA Capitol Summit 2017!
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 10, 2017
For the first time, ASTA is combining its annual Premium Business Summit, Corporate Advisory Council Meeting and Legislative Day into one blockbuster event taking place in Washington, D.C. The inaugural ASTA Capitol Summit will run from June 4 to 7, 2017. Visit ASTA.org/events to learn more and to register for this can’t-miss event!
FAM opportunity: 12-Day Vietnam Experience -- April 5-16, 2017
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 09, 2017
This is an incredible opportunity to experience five cities within Vietnam, enrich your knowledge of an intriguing country and return with the information you need to sell this amazing destination. All hotels are 4- and 5-star properties. Go here to access the popular FAM itinerary. Space is limited; only 14 spots are available. This FAM is open to ASTA/NACTA Agents only, no guests. Go here for pricing and inclusions.
Join ASTA for an upcoming ASTA webinar
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 08, 2017
Join the ASTA Government Affairs team for a review of many of ASTA's advocacy successes and a preview of the upcoming Legislative Day (June 7, 2017, a part of our Capitol Summit Event) during the "ASTA Advocacy Priorities and Capitol Summit 2017 Preview" webinar on March 15, 2017 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST).
ASTA connects members with Consumer Leads
ASTA SmartBrief | Mar 06, 2017
The Trip Request Service offers ASTA members exclusive access to potential business from consumers through our Consumer Leads listings. These consumers complete a Trip Assistance form on ASTA's consumer Web site -- TravelSense.org -- and await a reply from ASTA member travel agents. Join ASTA today to grow your business and connect with potential new clients through this valuable service.