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What does ASTA actually do, and why does it matter to you as a travel advisor? ASTA’s mission is to promote and defend travel advisors at all levels of government, within the industry, and to the traveling public. Tune in for all the details on what ASTA is, what they do on a daily basis, and how their work impacts everything that a travel advisor touches!

Advocates For Travel Advisors

ASTA represents the interests of travel advisors at the local, state, and national levels. They advocate for policies and legislation that support the travel industry and ensure fair treatment and opportunities for travel advisors. An example of this is working to get the Department of Transportation to understand the role advisors play in purchasing tickets, and how the new regulations about refunds could hurt their ability to stay in business. You can see the full ASTA release on this legislation HERE.

Provides Training & Resources

ASTA provides education and training programs to help travel advisors stay updated on industry trends, regulations, and best practices. This includes webinars, workshops, conferences, and certification programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of travel professionals. They have a global conference every year that brings industry professionals together from all over the world to talk about current trends and best practices. Their website is also a great resource of purchasable and more robust trainings that can help advisors legitimize their business.

Brings Colleagues Together For Networking & Community

ASTA facilitates networking opportunities for travel advisors to connect with industry peers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. This networking helps advisors build relationships, share insights, and collaborate for mutual benefit. Whether it be regionally, or internationally, ASTA facilitates events that allow advisors to connect with like-minded professionals.

Industry Research & Forecasting

ASTA conducts research on various aspects of the travel industry, including consumer trends, market analysis, and economic impact studies. This research helps members make informed business decisions and adapt to changing market conditions. While numbers may not be the concern of every advisor on a daily basis, ASTA is doing the hard work to allow us to understand trends and the direction of the industry.

Protects Consumers Against Unprofessional Behaviors

ASTA promotes consumer protection within the travel industry by advocating for fair and transparent business practices, providing resources for travelers to make informed decisions, and offering assistance in resolving disputes between travelers and travel companies. Fun fact: ASTA has never had to discipline one of their Verified Travel Advisors!

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