ASTA Association News


Got a story? Tell ASTA!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 26, 2017

Every day we field media requests about our industry and your perspective is more important than ever. There's been a lot going on in the news lately and no one has their finger on the pulse of the traveling public like you do, so send us your thoughts and your opinions. Do you have some positive news to share? Did you recently save a client's vacation AND some money? We want to know about that, too! Email public relations.


Empower your staff with access to ASTA's resources

ASTA SmartBrief | May 25, 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.


Find your competitive edge at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | May 24, 2017

It’s important to keep up with industry trends while keeping up with your business. Come to ASTA Global, Aug. 27-29, and experience three days of inspiration, education, and fabulous entertainment; sure to make you walk away feeling more well-versed in your expertise. Register today.


Need a refresher on selling groups in the Bahamas? We have just the event for you!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 23, 2017

Ever wonder what the advantages are of bringing a group or special event to the Bahamas? Have you immersed yourself in Bahamian cuisine and mixology or experienced some of the most popular island excursions to give your clients a first-hand review? Treat yourself as you learn the "whys" and "hows" of selling the Islands of the Bahamas at the Bahamas Showcase June 21-24, presented by ASTA & NACTA. Registration ends soon! Sign up today.


Now accepting nominations -- 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

ASTA SmartBrief | May 22, 2017

ASTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sponsored by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation, the award is given annually to the individual or company who makes the most significant contribution to entrepreneurship in travel and best embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. The winner will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize presented at ASTA Global Convention 2017. Go here to learn more about eligibility and how to enter.


$110,000 in business is waiting for you on ASTA.org

ASTA SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

ASTA's Trip Request Service offers members exclusive access to potential business from consumers through our Consumer Leads listings. Interested consumers complete a trip assistance form on TravelSense.org and await a reply from ASTA member travel agents. Last month, over 46,000 consumers visited TravelSense.org, and right now, there are 50 leads representing almost $110,000 in potential new business awaiting ASTA agents! Visit ASTA.org to take advantage of these leads today. Not a member? Join ASTA today!


We're celebrating travel agents all month long!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 12, 2017

Even though National Travel Agent Day has come and gone, we're going to celebrate its success all month long. Check out the prizes and bonus commissions we've lined up just for you. Special thanks to all the sponsors who participated in showing their love for travel agents! All prizes and giveaways can be found here.


Be our citizen lobbyists on June 7th!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 11, 2017

ASTA Legislative Day is only a few weeks away and we still need you to be our citizen lobbyists for the day. Change in Washington starts with us, and advocacy today is more critical than ever. Join ASTA in the nation’s capital as we take you straight to the source for change. Don't worry, we'll make sure you're prepared with all the talking points. Take grassroots action with ASTA and register today!


Samantha Brown invites you to ASTA Global Convention!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 05, 2017

Samantha Brown will be returning to ASTA Global Convention 2017 and she’s excited to see you there. Watch this special video inviting you to join her and hundreds of travel professionals alike to sunny San Diego for ASTA Global Convention 2017.


What exactly is Bahamian culture?

ASTA SmartBrief | May 04, 2017

Experience an educational getaway like no other for the Bahamas Showcase presented by ASTA and NACTA. This three-day event will offer education sessions that will help you become the expert on selecting the perfect Bahamian itinerary to fulfill your clients' dream vacations. You’ll network with local suppliers, visit nearby resorts and walk away with a certification from the Bahamas -- all in paradise. Go here to see the amazing offers we have in store for you. Hurry, registration ends soon!


Happy Travel Agent Day!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

Today is National Travel Agent Day and we want to take a moment to recognize how far we’ve come as an industry. Travel agents are resilient because the American travel spirit is strong. No matter what the challenge is, the flexible travel agent uncovers ways to persevere and reinvent. You remain an invaluable link that connects people to the world. An important part of ASTA’s mission is to advocate for you and the traveling public, because we’re travelers, too. You play an important role in the travel economy, but without the traveler, there is no travel business. Oftentimes, you take on the role of advocate for your clients, and we’re right there with you. To all our travel agents -- thank you for being a member of our thriving community. There is no ASTA without you. Your continuous support fuels the success of our industry and helps us shape a positive outcome ensuring the growth and success of the agency community for decades to come. Go here for 3 easy ways to celebrate with ASTA.


Now accepting nominations -- 2017 ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year

ASTA SmartBrief | May 02, 2017

ASTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 ASTA Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Sponsored by the Dan and Gloria Bohan Foundation, the Award is given annually to the individual or company making the most significant contribution to entrepreneurship in travel and best embodying the entrepreneurial spirit. The winner will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize presented at ASTA Global Convention 2017. Go here to learn more about eligibility and how to enter.


Tell us your story ... what makes you a GREAT travel agent?

ASTA SmartBrief | May 01, 2017

Everyone who works in the industry knows it in their bones -- consumers using a travel agent will have a better trip, save time and save money. But we want to dig deeper into the question of how, exactly, agents give customers a better travel experience. So send us your stories! These anecdotes will support our ongoing consumer awareness efforts. Give us examples of things you do for your clients that they can't do themselves. Tell us how you saved a client's vacation AND some money. Do you specialize in something unique? We want to know! Share your story with our PR team by emailing pr@asta.org.


$230,000 in business is waiting for you on ASTA.org

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2017

ASTA's Trip Request Service offers members exclusive access to potential business from consumers through our Consumer Leads listings. Interested consumers complete a trip assistance form on TravelSense.org and await a reply from ASTA member travel agents. Last month, over 46,000 consumers visited TravelSense.org, and right now, there are 63 leads representing almost $230,000 in potential new business waiting ASTA agents! Visit ASTA.org to take advantage of these leads today. Not a member? Join ASTA today!


An exclusive high-profile event in Washington, D.C.

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2017

Are you an ASTA Premium member? If yes, then the ASTA Capitol Summit is where you need to be June 4-7. Our program is growing every day with one-of-a-kind content to help you "capitalize” on the future of your business. We've also added new influential leaders, like Jay Walker, Founder & CEO of Upside and Founder of Priceline.com. This high-powered annual event places you ahead of the challenges facing your business with in depth presentations and discussions from government leaders and travel experts. Your consortia leaders are actively engaged at the Summit and you should be too! Register now!




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