ASTA Association News


LIVE in Reno Tahoe at ASTA Global Convention -- Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson! Register now!

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2016

The Marriott Starwood merger is poised to close and you need to know how this may impact your business. Time pressed millennials and consumers in general are increasingly outsourcing the stress of travel planning by turning to travel agents -- who save them time and money. With 1.1 million rooms available at Marriott/Starwood, YOU could be the one driving this growth to Marriott properties.

ASTA is pleased to announce that Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., will attend for an exclusive interview with Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, and one of America’s most recognized front-line travel journalists. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from what will soon be the world's largest hotelier! Reserve your seat today! Sign-up for this session when you register for ASTA’s Global Convention. #ASTAAGC


ASTA/NACTA Florida Regional Summit & Cocoa Beach FAM -- July 31-Aug. 3, 2016

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2016

Experience Cocoa Beach & the Space Coast in Florida! Build your business with various seminars. Sessions will entail how to use social media to boost your business & learn how to negotiate with suppliers and increase your income. Guest speakers will include Zane Kerby, ASTA President & CEO and NACTA President Ann Chamberlin. Plus, stay up to date on the most exciting new product in the cruise industry from Fathom VP Ron Fenska. This event is right around the corner, register today HERE.


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

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 21, 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.


State Department visits ASTA Headquarters on July 21 for live presentation

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 20, 2016

The US Department of State -- Bureau of Consular Affairs heads back to ASTA Headquarters for a live webinar on July 21. We'll review important resources available to you and your clients, and talk about the differences between travel alerts and travel warnings. Join the interactive discussion where your questions will be answered live. Register now!


July Webinar Series -- Sign Up Now

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 19, 2016

We have some great webinars on the calendar this month. Make sure you sign up and take advantage of these educational resources! All webinars take place at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

July 21 -- Travel Smart, Travel Safe: A presentation from the U.S. State Department
July 27 -- New Department of Labor (DOL) Overtime Rule


Register now for ASTA's Global Convention, save $120

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 18, 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.  

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


Happiness...is a GREAT deal!

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 13, 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 Global Convention 2016 is a "must-attend" event for every travel agent

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 11, 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


AGC 2016 is a "must-attend" event for every travel agent

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 08, 2016

ASTA Global Convention 2016 is the annual convention of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). At this annual event 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. Register today! Save $50 if you use the discount code AGC.


AMA Waterways Cruise FAM -- Bordeaux Round Trip on the AmaDolce: August 26 - Sept 2, 2016

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 07, 2016

Double Occupancy Cabins starting at $967 -- Rates include $168/per person port charges. Your fabulous FAM begins in Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world's undisputed wine capitals. You'll discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region's most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey in the Loire Valley. Space is limited, register today at http://www.cvent.com/d/xvqndz?RefID=SmartBrief


ASTA mobilizing all travel agents: The US House of Representatives will vote on the so-called Cuba travel ban

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 07, 2016

This week, the US House of Representatives will vote on the so-called Cuba travel ban. Getting rid of the Cuba travel ban has long been one of ASTA's top legislative priorities, and we need as many travel agents as possible to contact their representatives this week. There are two ways to do this: Send an email through our grassroots portal or make a phone call -- find your representative. Please take a minute or two out of your day to contact your House member and help get this amendment passed. Send an email through our grassroots portal.


Do you know what age group is your newest growth opportunity?

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 05, 2016

Get the answers at ASTA Global Convention! ASTA's research confirmed consumers who use travel agents save both significant time and money when booking travel.

Surprisingly, the same study confirmed Millennials are the growth sector and will continue to remain so. Where do Millennials find travel agents? The answer may surprise you. If they aren't already a target audience, you need to attend the Travel Agency Value Proposition session. Come learn how to reshape your business strategies by refining your areas of focus. Reserve your seat today! Sign-up for this session when you register for ASTA Global Convention.


ASTA welcomes Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson to Global Convention in Reno Tahoe

ASTA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2016

Today, ASTA is pleased to announce that Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., will attend for an exclusive interview with Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, and one of America's most recognized front-line travel journalists.

"I'm excited to join ASTA's Global Convention and have the opportunity to emphasize the importance of the relationship between Marriott and the ASTA travel agent community," said Sorenson. "I look forward to speaking to and hearing from agents at this year's ASTA Global Convention."

New technologies and changes in travel distribution arrive in the marketplace at lightning speed, while new business models in lodging and other market segments disrupt the status quo. In a few months, travel agents from across the country will converge on the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno Tahoe, Nevada, September 25-28, for the annual ASTA Global Convention, where the association plans to tackle the important question of disruption versus innovation. Register now to secure your seat!


US Department of State Presents a Live Webinar at ASTA Headquarters

ASTA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2016

On Thursday, the US Department of State came to our office for a live webinar presentation on staying safe in Rio during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games. Mark Goldrup, American Citizen Service Country Officer for Brazil, gave a detailed overview of the tools available to agents who have clients heading to Rio this August. He gave a careful overview of STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), a free service offered by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. In case you missed it, the webinar is available online in our E-Library.

Want to learn more? The US Department of State heads back to our headquarters on July 21st for another webinar. Sign up now!


Be part of the Celebration in Fort Lauderdale & on the Celebrity Infinity, Nov. 3-9, 2016

ASTA SmartBrief | Jun 28, 2016

Come celebrate NACTA's 30-year anniversary at their 2016 Conference, which will take place on both land & sea: Westin Fort Lauderdale, FL -- 3 Nights & Celebrity Infinity -- 3 Night Bahamas Cruise. Special registration rate of $249 per NACTA/ASTA member is available with promo code JUNE50 until 6/30/16 -- hotel and cruise is separate from this registration fee. Cruise pricing starting at $180.00 per person -- Prices are exclusive of taxes, fees, port expenses, gratuity. Special rates for non-members are available! Use code JUNE50 to save $50 on your registration. Learn more about this fun filled event!


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

ASTA SmartBrief | Jun 28, 2016

At ASTA's Global Convention, we are covering all 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' as it relates to the wonderful world of social media. Don’t underestimate the value of social media in the travel agency landscape. While over 80% of ASTA members have a social media presence, less than 20% saw it as essential in an ASTA survey. Learn how to make it an essential tool! Expand and communicate with your customer base and reach niche markets through Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snapchat or all of the above! Join us at #ASTAAGC and register for this session today! www.ASTAGlobalConvention.org


Why Use a Travel Agent? Isn't it obvious?

ASTA SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2016

We at ASTA have observed a fundamental shift in the marketplace over the past few years, from consumers asking "Why would I use a travel agent?" to "Why wouldn't I use one?" To help consumers understand the value of using an ASTA travel agent, we commissioned our first video, featuring Craig Sechler of the HBO series Veep. So far, the video has received over 50,000 Facebook impressions! Please continue to spread the word by sharing this video through your own social media networks. We plan to continue our consumer awareness campaign throughout the summer!




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