ASTA Association News

ASTA keeps you informed and prepared

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016

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.

Register before October 1st for Early Bird Rates -- ASTA Destination Expo in Nairobi, Kenya

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

Join us February 24 to 26, 2017 for ASTA Destination Expo 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Wild and beautiful, vibrant and fast developing, Kenya is filled with experiences to delight you and your clients, not to mention that selling Kenya is a high profit margin for agents. Plus, add on a 3-day optional extension to the Maasai Mara, a large game reserve contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in neighboring Tanzania. Registration starts as low as just $264. Register before October 1st to take advantage of Early Bird pricing!

ASTA connects members with Consumer Leads

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 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 -- -- 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.

Early Bird deadline for ASTA Destination Expo in Nairobi, Kenya is October 1st!

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016

Join us February 24 to 26, 2017 for ASTA Destination Expo 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Come learn about the terracotta sunsets, astonishing golden grasslands, towering peaks of Mount Kenya and sugary sands of the Kenyan coast. Registration starts as low as just $264, but you must register before October 1st to take advantage of Early Bird pricing!

Educational programs courses for on-the-go professionals

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 26, 2016

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 cover 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!

ASTA logo enhances your website

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 23, 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 to download the ASTA logo and to find out more about the guidelines of using the ASTA logo. Not a member? Join today!

Don’t miss out on Early Bird Rates for ASTA Destination Expo in Nairobi, Kenya: Register before October 1st!

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Discover the heartbeat of Kenya on your journey to becoming a Kenya Destination Specialist. Join us February 24-26, 2017 for this ASTA Destination Expo and feel the magic as we travel into the African bush from our home base in Nairobi, Kenya. Stay in 5-star accommodations, receive discounted air and take an excursion into the Masai Mara land of the BIG 5. Register by October 1 to take advantage of the Kenya 2017 Destination Expo early bird rate.

Get a sneak peek of "Travel Agents Taking Off"!

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Be the first to catch a sneak peek of the official trailer for our "Travel Agents Taking Off" campaign, a unique partnership with ITN Productions. This news and current affairs program focused on how travel agents are impacting and shaping the future of our industry.

We look forward to the debut on Wednesday, September 28th at ASTA's Annual Global Convention!

Why does ASTAPAC matter?

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

A PAC, or political action committee, provides a unique and effective way for travel agents to become actively involved in the political process which shapes our country. A strong PAC indicates the Society's determination to be a major component in the democratic process and identifies the travel agency community as a recognizable force in seeking good government for the industry and the small business community at large. In pooling resources, a PAC provides greater impact for delivering what we send to Congress -- it is one voice representing many. Donate and make your voice heard today.

Don't miss out! ASTA Global Convention 2016 is a "must-attend" event for every travel agent

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 16, 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 

Register for our Ethics and Integrity Workshop at AGC today

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

Join Peter Lobasso, Legal Counsel to ASTA, as he covers the key ethical issues impacting travel consultants, including agency relationships, fiduciary duties, legal compliance and dispute resolution.

Using real life examples, Peter will start a conversion that will not only increase awareness of key ethical issues but also foster greater discussion of these issues among our industry, creating the start of an ongoing ethics dialogue within our travel agency community.

One hour with a highly skilled and knowledgeable industry lawyer will be worth your whole trip. Sign up for our Ethics and Integrity Workshop when you register today!

Empower your staff with access to ASTA's resources

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 15, 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,, and many other valuable business tools. Join ASTA today.

Learn how to meet your regulatory obligations, and hear what ASTA is doing to protect you at ASTA Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

Join ASTA's Mark Meader, Vice President of Industry Affairs, as he walks you through your current federal regulatory obligations at the "ASTA Regulatory Compliance Made Easy" panel!

ASTA will walk you through what you should know regarding ASTA's members-only US Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook, a plain-English analysis of the federal statutes and regulations that directly impact travel agents, and the online training course ASTA created to test its members' knowledge of their regulatory obligations. This presentation will provide practical advice to help you develop a plan to meet your regulatory obligations and minimize your risk. Check for more details and register today!

Just announced! AGC closing event sponsored by Kenya!

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 13, 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 a sneak peek and join us for the debut!

Global Travel Exchange at ASTA's Global Convention

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

Building on the success from the last Global Travel Exchange @ AGC, US and international travel professionals are coming together for this premier education and networking event and addressing the most important issues facing the travel agent industry. The Global Travel Exchange will OPEN THE DOOR between international organizations and US-based travel companies to start a profitable business relationship. Check for the full agenda and don’t miss your chance to be a part of the conversation. Register today!

What do ASTA and Tom Hanks have in common?

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

"SULLY!" See the movie, premiering today. 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.

Receive a 1-year subscription to Agent Life magazine at NO COST!

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) is offering a complimentary one-year subscription to Agent Life Magazine. Just simply complete the subscription form HERE to receive this quarterly publication dedicated to supporting professional travel consultants. Learn tips on social media marketing, successful travel business practices, selling specific destinations & more. This is NACTA’s gift to you, cheers!

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

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

Join us in Reno Tahoe this month 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.

Samantha Brown to emcee at ASTA Global Convention in Reno Tahoe

ASTA SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

In case you needed another reason to attend AGC, let us share the good news -- travel industry personality Samantha Brown will emcee the ASTA Global Convention and award ceremony at the Peppermill Resort in Reno Tahoe Sept 25-28.

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. As you can see, this year we are challenging expectations of what an ASTA Global Convention is about -- we've developed meaningful and timely education sessions, expanded our awards program, and now 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 today!

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