ASTA Association News


ASTA Global Convention exhibit hall is over 50% sold out!

ASTA SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

The ASTA Global Convention offers a unique and exclusive opportunity to reach busy travel professionals who influence the traveling public. ASTA agents represent 83% of all travel sold through the travel agency distribution channel which totaled $122 billion last year! So don't wait, the exhibit hall is already over 50% sold out! Come to D.C. and sell them your story. Reserve your booth now.


Come listen to the Generations Panel at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

This exciting session will feature first and second generation owners at top travel companies. They will discuss how the industry has changed and how their companies have adapted from the perspective of the two generations. Register today!

  • Moderated by: Valerie Wilson, Chairman & CEO, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. and Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President and Co-Owner, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc.
  • Panelists include: Butch Stewart, Founder, Sandals Resorts International and Adam Stewart CEO, Sandals Resorts International


Consortia Leaders Converge on Washington in August

ASTA SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Come to the ASTA Global Convention to hear Consortia heavyweights Matthew Upchurch of Virtuoso, Alex Sharpe of Signature, Roger Block of Travel Leaders and John Werner of MAST and others speak about their vision of agent and consortia relations in the future. They will be ready to answer questions such as "What changes do you see for the consortia community in the future?" and "How will the Consortia support revenue growth for agencies as suppliers and expand their direct sales models?" This session will be illuminating for current consortia members and for those considering consortia membership. Register for AGC today to receive the early bird rates.


Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch joins speaker lineup at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Don't miss your opportunity to hear from a travel industry visionary with a lifetime of experience in numerous sectors of the field. Upchurch has led Virtuoso to become the top luxury travel network in the world. Upchurch joins fellow panelist Butch Stewart, Founder, Sandals International and his son Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International. This special "Generations Panel" will be moderated by Valerie Wilson, Co-President and Co-Owner, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. and her daughter Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President and Co-Owner, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. Register today! Visit www.astaglobalconvention.org to learn more.


Top airline sales executives to speak at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

What has changed in the airline/travel agent relationship over the past few years, and what changes are on the horizon? Hear senior sales executives from United (Dave Hilfman), American (Derek DeCross) and Delta (Bob Somers) together on the "Working with Airlines" panel at the ASTA Global Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. ASTA Premium Members, check for details on a special breakfast where you will get exclusive one-on-one time with these experts.


Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender talk retail and consumer trends at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender, experts on retail and consumer trends, will pull out all the stops at this year's ASTA Global Convention to bring you two of the hottest topics in the business -- sessions on how to target Millennials through Social Media, and lessons in Advanced Sales Techniques. This convention will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Check ASTAGlobalConvention.org for the full agenda, including all the exciting sightseeing opportunities in Washington, including a chance to see the Monuments by Moonlight.


ASTA agents are waiting to meet you

ASTA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

This August, we are bringing you the industry's movers and shakers – ASTA travel agents. These travel agents represent 80% of all the travel sold through the U.S. agency distribution channel. Independent Agents. Frontline Agents. Travel Agency Owners: They are all waiting to meet you. Visit www.astaglobalconvention.org for information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.


ASTA Global Convention open to the press

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Members of the press wanting to attend the ASTA Global Convention Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 may register now. 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 Tuesday Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Email any questions to Jennifer Michels, ASTA VP of Communications, jmichels@asta.org.


Learn more about tourism hotspot Washington, D.C.

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Join us at the ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in Washington, D.C., to not only gain new business skills and network with your peers and travel companies, but also to learn more about Washington, D.C. The nation's capital is a top 10 U.S. tourism destination for both Americans and international travelers. From the monuments to the Smithsonian museums, from the memorials to the embassies, this is a rich historical destination like no other. As part of AGC, we will have several tours of Washington for all attendees, plus a lottery to win a White House tour for all registrants signed up by April 24 and special embassy tours for those who attend our Global Travel Exchange. Check ASTAGlobalConvention.org for the full agenda. Over the next few weeks, we will be adding more sightseeing opportunities for all attendees, such as this one already confirmed Monuments by Moonlight.


Butch Stewart, Founder, Sandals Resorts International joins panel at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

Join us at ASTA's Global Convention to hear from our exciting Generations Panel. The session, "Rewards of Change" welcomes Butch Stewart, Founder, Sandals Resorts International and his son Adam Stewart CEO, Sandals Resorts International. Moderated by Valerie Wilson, Chairman & CEO, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. and her daughter Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Co-President and Co-Owner, Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. Register today!


ASTA Advocacy Dinner at Global Convention – The gala event of the travel industry

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 28, 2015

ASTA's Advocacy Dinner is an exclusive, black-tie dinner that celebrates ASTA's influence in shaping the policies affecting the retail travel business. It's a chance for ASTA to spotlight its role in the legislative process and for attendees to socialize and network with like-minded travel professionals. Reserve your spot today!


Stay updated with ASTA's social media pages

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

ASTA has several different social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Be sure to follow each of the pages to get the latest updates on ASTA events and news. The social media pages also provide valuable opportunities to network and connect with other ASTA members and travel professionals in the industry. Follow ASTA today: 
ASTA Facebook, TravelSense Facebook, ASTA Twitter, ASTA YouTube Channel and LinkedIn Group.


Top Airline Sales Executives to Speak at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

What has changed in the airline/travel agent relationship over the past few years, and what changes are on the horizon? Hear senior sales executives from United (Dave Hilfman), American (Derek DeCross) and Delta (Bob Somers) together on the "Working with Airlines" panel at the ASTA Global Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. ASTA Premium Members, check for details on a special breakfast where you will get exclusive one-on-one time with these experts. Register for this year's conference, "Capitol-izing on Success," by May 1 to save on the registration price.


Commissions from ASTA's TOP Tour Operators

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Discover ASTA's TOP Tour Operators so you can make money while you build memorable experiences for your clients. TOP members must pay travel agent commissions and pledge themselves to conduct their business with integrity; treat travel agents in a courteous and professional manner; and strive to perform to the travel agent's expectations. Find TOP member specials 24/7 on ASTA.org.


Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender Talk Retail and Consumer Trends at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender, experts on retail and consumer trends, will pull out all the stops at this year's ASTA Global Convention to bring you two of the hottest topics in the business -- sessions on how to target Millennials through Social Media, and lessons in Advanced Sales Techniques. Register by May 1 before rates go up for this convention at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Check ASTAGlobalConvention.org for the full agenda, including all the exciting sightseeing opportunities in Washington, including a chance to see the Monuments by Moonlight.


Marketing opportunities for ASTA Allied Members

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Make ASTA your ultimate marketing partner to reach the travel agent and agency community. Our travel agent members represent 80% of travel sold and we'll help you connect directly with this market segment through a variety of marketing opportunities fit for any budget. Marketing and advertising options range from web-based strategies to face-to-face meetings at our annual conferences to educational programs. Review ASTA's Marketing Opportunities and start connecting with ASTA travel agent members.


NACTA educational journey Alaskan cruise: May 30 - June 6, 2015

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) & Holland America Line invite NACTA & ASTA members to join us onboard the ms Westerdam to venture on an Alaska cruise. This educational experience will also include onboard seminars and networking opportunities. Learn more about this program. ASTA members receive NACTA member event rates!


Sasha Strauss shares the future of brands at the ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Renowned brand marketer Sasha Strauss, managing director of Innovation Protocol, will be a keynote speaker at this year's ASTA Global Convention "Capitol-izing on Success" at the Omni Shoreham Hotel Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Strauss will answer the questions on many people's minds -- Why Social Media? What is a brand's DNA? How does a company stitch it all together to increase ROI? He will talk about the New Normal, a time when organizations have the choice of being heard and remembered, or silent and forgotten. The Global Convention is open to all travel agents and suppliers, ASTA members and non-members alike, and the press. Early bird registration ends May 1. Check ASTAGlobalConvention.org for more details.


Connect with ASTA Agents at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

ASTA Agents are among the most productive, well trained and well informed professionals in the industry.

  • The average ASTA agency was established in 1988. These folks know how to sell travel!
  • The average number of ASTA agency full time employees is 10. They are dedicated to the business of travel!
  • The average ASTA agency has been a member since 1995. These are committed professionals!
The bottom line, ASTA agents represent 83% of all travel sold through the travel agency distribution channel which totaled $122 billion last year! Reserve your booth now.


Empower your staff with access to ASTA's resources

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Join ASTA today and give your staff the tools and insight they need to remain successful in this fast-paced industry. With ASTA's U.S. 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.


ASTA Global Convention Exhibit Hall is over 50% Sold Out!

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

The ASTA Global Convention offers a unique and exclusive opportunity to reach busy travel professionals who influence the traveling public. ASTA agents represent 83% of all travel sold through the travel agency distribution channel which totaled $122 billion last year! So don't wait, the exhibit hall is already over 50% sold out! Come to D.C. and sell them your story. Reserve your booth now.


New Survey Asks Travel, Tourism, Hospitality Industries for Workforce Needs

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The ASTA Foundation works with Tourism Cares on workforce development issues to both help find qualified agents to hire and assist current agents in developing stronger skills. Tourism Cares also manages the ASTA Scholarships program, which administers professional development scholarships to working agents, as well as academic scholarships. To help us help the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors with workforce challenges, please take this 10-question survey managed by Tourism Cares. Please share your insights by filling out this survey today.


ASTA logo enhances your website

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

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.


Want a larger slice of the unmanaged corporate travel market?

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Then sign up now for the ASTA Business Travel Exchange July 30 in San Francisco. The Exchange focuses on agencies that wish to capture a piece of the small- to medium-sized unmanaged corporate market and will give tips and takeaways on staying current with technology trends and understanding systems that should be put in place to run an efficient business. Come and hear from leaders in the unmanaged corporate travel space.


Take advantage of savings with ASTA's AMSI e-Mart

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

ASTA's AMSI e-Mart provides additional value for our members on products and services they use in their day-to-day operations. Our vendor partnerships generate discounts and special services designed specifically for you in mind. Visit our AMSI e-Mart to enroll in the programs and start saving today. If you are not an ASTA member, contact askasta@asta.org for additional information or join online.


ASTA Member UPS Savings Program

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

Join ASTA today to take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS. Whether you need your documents or packages to arrive the next day or are looking for the most affordable shipping option, UPS understands the importance of reliability, speed and cost. UPS discounts vary from up to 16% on UPS Ground shipments to at least 70% off on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save with UPS. Join ASTA today to enroll and start saving.


Sponsor ASTA research reports to reach the travel agency and supplier industries

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 09, 2015

Sponsorship of ASTA Research can be a powerful vehicle for messaging when you need to target travel agencies and suppliers. ASTA publishes reports year-round for our members and non-members. In addition, our research is marketed through press releases, ASTA Dateline and ASTA SmartBrief. The combined reach of these publications is 50,000+ contacts. Call ASTA's Research Department today at 703‐739‐6893 or email research@asta.org to discuss your marketing needs.


Webinar Update

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

Register today for ASTA's Business Productivity Series webinars. They are all geared toward enhancing your business skills and making you more efficient and profitable. Sign up today:


ASTA keeps you informed and prepared

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 08, 2015

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.


The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) Promotion -- Save Today!

ASTA SmartBrief | Apr 07, 2015

Attention Travel Consultants SAVE $25* on NACTA's $165 U.S. membership rate ... only $140 for a one-year membership (that's less than $12/month!) APPLY TODAY to become a member of an association for professional travel consultants before the offer ends at midnight April 11! Apply now and use coupon code: EGG for this Egg ... stremely good deal!




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