ASTA Association News


Hotel Room Block and Rate Expire Tomorrow, August 25!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 24, 2016

Step 1: Book Your Room at the Peppermill
To book your room at the Peppermill Resort, our host hotel, login to the attendee service center using your login credentials found in your registration confirmation. ASTA Global 2016 Attendee rates start as low as $89!

Step 2: Personalize Your AGC Experience
Plan your daily agenda by locking in your education sessions, Lunch and Learns, Reno Tahoe sightseeing tours and evening receptions by logging into the attendee service center. The last day to book your sightseeing tours is tomorrow, August 25. For a full list of available tours, go here. Not registered yet? Sign up now!


Don't let the ship sail without you -- cabins will be released August 26th!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

Join your fellow travel consultants at a unique dual-venue event, NACTA's 2016 Conference, that starts at the Westin Fort Lauderdale for three nights before moving to Celebrity's Infinity for three nights. Non-NACTA member registrations include a 1-year NACTA membership, plus save $40 on registration, a total savings of $205! (Save $40 on conference rate with promo code NACTA40 + Save $165 on NACTA membership rate*) Register today, cabins will be released August 26th!


Sign up for ASTA's Regulatory Compliance Course

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 23, 2016

ASTA is committed to training travel agents on the federal regulations. To accompany this year's Regulatory Compliance Handbook, ASTA has released an education course that can be easily administered to your front line agents to ensure your company's compliance. As an ASTA member, you and your staff will receive a significant course discount! Visit www.ASTA.org/MemberTraining to get your discount code and enroll today. Not a member? Join ASTA today.


What do ASTA and Tom Hanks have in common?

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 22, 2016

"SULLY!" See the movie, premiering September 9th. Then meet the man inspiring the story LIVE in Reno at ASTA's Global Convention. The pilot who skillfully landed a commercial passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of all 155 onboard, will deliver an inspirational keynote, "The Hero in All of Us," at the ASTA Global Convention. Don't miss the inspiring message from the "Hero on the Hudson." Reserve your seat today! Save $70 if you register in the next 2 weeks. Use code: Hero. Go Here to View The Movie Trailer: SULLY.


Act Fast! Hotel Room Block and Rate Expire August 25th for ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 19, 2016

Step 1: Book Your Room at the Peppermill

To book your room at the Peppermill Resort, our host hotel, login to the attendee service center using your login credentials found in your registration confirmation. ASTA Global 2016 Attendee rates start as low as $89!

Step 2: Personalize Your AGC Experience

Plan your daily agenda by locking in your education sessions, Lunch and Learns, Reno Tahoe sightseeing tours and evening receptions by logging into the attendee service center. The last day to book your sightseeing tours is August 25th. For a full list of available tours, go here.


Want to learn how to generate $3 Million in six months?

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 18, 2016

Join us in Reno Tahoe this September for exclusive sales training with Mike Marchev. This new addition to our schedule will give agents the chance to learn Mike's proven system that has helped travel sellers "enter the conversation your prospect is already having with him/herself." It's the same program that Mike used to generate $3 million in six months when he first entered the travel industry. He still uses this strategy today! These exclusive sales training sessions are being offered on Monday, Sept. 26 from 7:00am to 8:00am and on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7:00am to 8:00am. Register for these sessions when you sign up for Global Convention.


PAC Donors to be Recognized at AGC -- Act by August 19!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 17, 2016

ASTAPAC is the foundation of our advocacy and lobbying power. We can't effectively fight the fights raging now in Washington -- on the FAA bill, overtime and IC regulations, Cuba travel and others -- without a strong political action committee (PAC). Every year, we go out of our way to recognize those members who have gone above and beyond and supported the PAC, and we will be doing so at this year's ASTA Global Convention. Make sure your colleagues see your name "in lights" in the convention book, Advocacy Dinner program and other places by contributing today at ASTA.org/Donate. All contributors who give by close of business Friday, August 19 will be recognized at AGC. If you want to know your 2016 PAC status, contact Erika Richter (erichter@asta.org).


Just Released: ASTA's Business Integrity & Ethical Standards Online Course!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 16, 2016

This course is a must for travel professionals. It provides an in-depth survey of key ethical issues impacting travel agents and their businesses. Covered topics include agency relationships, the duty of care, legal compliance and dispute resolution. Available to all agents, this course also includes discussion of member responsibilities under the ASTA Code of Ethics. The course is sponsored by Hilton.

ASTA members may take this course for $39. Obtain your member discount code at www.ASTA.org/MemberTraining.

If you are a Signature or Virtuoso member, a course has been prepaid for you. Please contact your consortia to obtain your code.


Calling all entrepreneurs! Enter now to win $10,000!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 15, 2016

The Entrepreneur Award, given annually in conjunction with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), will be awarded to an individual or company within the travel and hospitality industry who has made a significant contribution to furthering entrepreneurship in the industry. The award is intended to recognize innovative individuals or firms that have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by establishing their own business. Think you qualify? Enter now!

Complete the official nomination application form by August 22, and include a narrative statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing the nominee's contribution to entrepreneurship in the industry. The winner of the 2016 Entrepreneur Award will receive $10,000, to be paid to the recipient by the Foundation at the ASTA Global Convention, to be held September 25-28, 2016 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno Tahoe, Nevada.


Just announced! AGC closing event sponsored by Kenya!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 12, 2016

Reserve Your Spot for Our Closing Event and Answer the Call of the Wild! We're sending you off in style with a full dinner sponsored by our 2017 Destination Expo Partner, Kenya. We'll wrap up ASTA Global 2016 with a special gathering that celebrates the rich history and cultural heritage of Kenya. Sign up for this special dinner, and more, when you log in to the attendee service center.

And Don't Forget...

On Wednesday evening, during the Kenya dinner, we'll debut the "Travel Agents Taking Off" campaign, a news and current affairs program focused on how travel agents are impacting and shaping the future of our industry. Our unique partnership with ITN Productions will help promote the travel agency community, and we want you to be the first to see it! Check out our "Vision" video for sneak peek and join us for the debut!


Do you understand the full impact of the new Department of Labor overtime rules on your business?

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 10, 2016

Get the answers at ASTA Global Convention. The new government rules come with significant implications. On December 1, 2016 major changes will take effect that may have a huge impact on your bottom line. Will you be ready? Do you know what changes you might need to make to align manpower requirements with costs? Reserve your seat for this important session when you sign up for ASTA Global Convention.


Win $10,000 through ASTA's Entrepreneur Award -- Nominations Open!

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 09, 2016

Nominations are now open for ASTA's 2016 Entrepreneur Award. There will be a $10,000 cash prize for the winner, awarded at ASTA's Global Convention in Reno Tahoe this September. Sponsored by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation, the Entrepreneur Award is intended to recognize innovative individuals/firms that have the entrepreneurial spirit by establishing their own business or who have been responsible for significant entrepreneurial initiatives within an existing organization. The winner will also be recognized at an entrepreneurial session to be held during the Convention.

We want to celebrate your innovation! Submissions must be in by Monday, August 15th, at 5pm EST.

Those interested in nominating an individual or company for the 2016 Entrepreneur Award must complete the official nomination application form setting forth the nominated person or company's name and contact information and a narrative statement, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing the nominee's contribution to entrepreneurship in the industry and demonstrating how the nominated person's achievements relate to some or all of the eight evaluation benchmarks described here.


Vote Now! 2016 ASTA Global Convention Supplier Awards

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 08, 2016

We are rolling out several new supplier awards this year at ASTA Global Convention in Reno Tahoe and we need your help to pick the winners. We will present the Allied Member of the Year Award, an award that recognizes a supplier that has shown outstanding support and commitment to ASTA and the agency community, as well as the Allied Representative of the Year Award, which will recognize an individual who has dedicated their time, energy and career to the agency community. Additionally, we will present awards to recognize 10 companies across various vendor categories that demonstrate a willingness and desire to partner with agencies and reward their travel agent sales force accordingly. All awards will be voted on by the ASTA Agent Member community and presented onsite at AGC in Reno Tahoe. Cast your votes here.


How does ASTAPAC work on your behalf?

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

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. Donate and make a difference today!


ASTA Global Convention 2016 is a "must-attend" event for every travel agent

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 05, 2016

At ASTA's Global Convention, you will 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. Learn how to stay a step ahead in your businesses through expert educational sessions. Network with global travel suppliers and exchange ideas with your travel peers.

Top 5 Speakers You Don't Want to Miss: Register NOW!

  • Arne Sorensen -- President & CEO, Marriott International, Inc. 
  • Jim Compton -- Vice Chairman & Chief Revenue Officer, United Airlines 
  • Samantha Brown -- Travel Expert & Television Host 
  • Peter Greenberg -- Emmy Winning Investigative Reporter & Producer 
  • Chelsey (Sully) Sullenberger -- Hero Pilot, CBS News Aviation & Safety Expert 
*Save $50 if you use the discount code AGC.


ASTA logo enhances your website

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 03, 2016

Enhance your company's reputation with the ASTA logo. Be recognized worldwide by travel agents, suppliers and consumers as a part of a reputable travel community. ASTA and its affiliates now comprise the world's largest and most influential travel trade association with members in 120 countries. As the world's largest travel trade association, our work encompasses every aspect of the travel experience. Visit ASTA.org to download the ASTA logo and to find out more about the guidelines of using the ASTA logo.


ASTA Launches New Ethics Course

ASTA SmartBrief | Aug 02, 2016

In case you haven't heard, we've launched our new Business Integrity and Ethical Standards course, an in-depth study of critical ethical considerations facing travel agents and the industry as a whole in the twenty-first century. Growing your business? Concerned about lawsuits? You'll need this tool. It will help you avoid major legal pitfalls, build trust with consumers and grow your brand.

Sponsored by Hilton Worldwide, Inc., the Business Integrity and Ethical Standards course is designed to address the key ethical issues impacting travel agents, agency relationships, fiduciary duties, legal compliance and dispute resolution. The course includes a 60-page handbook, instructional video and a 40-question knowledge test. Pricing for the course starts at $39 for ASTA members.


Empower your staff with access to ASTA's resources

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

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.


Emerald Waterways Cruise FAM -- Amsterdam to Basel on the Emerald Dawn -- October 15-22, 2016

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2016

Double Occupancy Cabins starting at $799 -- Rates include: taxes, port charges, gratuity and airport transfers. A river cruise along the Rhine introduces you to numerous historic castles that stand proud within the peaceful riverbank countryside; landmarks filled with legends; spectacular cities home to stunning European architecture that span countless centuries; and enchanting storybook-like forests just waiting to be explored. Every stop on your eight-day voyage presents the opportunity to gaze back in time to a period of European history, while also experiencing the modern day culture of fabulous cities like Amsterdam and Cologne. Learn more about this FAM.


Happiness...is a GREAT deal!

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2016

ASTA Global Convention registration goes up to $439 on August 1! Don't delay! Lock in your $120 savings* today using promo code: AGC.

That GREAT idea that will inspire you or help you prepare your business for the future is waiting for you at ASTA Global Convention 2016. Check out our insightful and informative sessions and speakers. Visualize yourself at the plush yet affordable Peppermill Resort. Lock it all in today! Use discount code: AGC. 

*AGC registration increases on August 1, the $120 savings are the combination of $50 discount code + $70 price increase.


ASTA connects members with Consumer Leads

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2016

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.


ASTA Global Convention open to the press

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2016

Members of the press wanting to attend the ASTA Global Convention Sept. 25-28 in Reno Tahoe. You will receive final confirmation that you have been approved as a valid member of the press after you complete your registration. The press will enjoy complimentary registration, and are welcome to attend any event open to regular attendees. Mark your calendars for the press conference, currently scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:45 a.m. Email any questions to Erika Richter, ASTA Sr. Manager of Communications, erichter@asta.org.




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