Alexandria, Va., Feb. 8, 2013 — The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) announced today the release of two new member tools, ASTA’s U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook and the Travel Agent’s Guide to Copyrights, which are designed to help travel agents comply with their regulatory, statutory and legal obligations.
“ASTA members are, as ASTA’s tagline says, in the “Business of Selling Travel,” and we are proud to provide our members with the resources they need to meet their regulatory obligations and protect their businesses,” said ASTA chair, Nina Meyer. “All travel agents, including leisure-focused travel agents, need access to this critical information,” continued Meyer. “The release of ASTA’s U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook comes on the heels of a recent civil penalty assessment of $40,000 on a small cruise-focused agency for failing to comply with DOT’s advertising rules. It should be clear to everyone that these rules apply to travel sellers of all sizes and shapes.”
ASTA’s U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook is a plain-English white paper that explains the major federal statutes and regulations that directly impact travel agents. It not only outlines a travel agency’s obligation with each rule, but also provides supplemental guidance that ASTA has obtained directly from DOT in response to concerns expressed by members.
“I find it to be a great resource,” said ASTA member Suzanne Newman of LUXE Travel after reviewing ASTA’s U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Handbook. “Our operations staff will appreciate having access to a clear and concise document that makes sense of many complicated issues and requirements.”
ASTA’s Travel Agent’s Guide to Copyrights explains the laws associated with how to safely obtain materials, such as photos and images, for professional use.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information, visit ASTA.org.
ASTA’s sister association, The National Association of Career Travel Agents, represents a professional community of independent travel agents ready to assist the traveling public.