September 24, 2018
In Win for ASTA Members, Final Package Includes No New Disclosures on Travel Advisors
Alexandria, VA, September 24, 2018 – ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby issues the following statement in response to the five-year compromise Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation unveiled over the weekend:
“We applaud the leadership of the Congressional transportation committees for listening to the views of ASTA and its members and not imposing new and unwarranted disclosure obligations on the travel advisor community in this compromise bill. These would have imposed an economic burden of close to $30 million a year on our members, ranging from reprogramming systems to training staff to ‘talk time’ and opportunity costs from lost sales. In particular, we want to thank Senator Mike Lee of Utah for his work to undo the worst of these proposals.
“Further, we commend committee leaders for their inclusion of a number of pro-consumer provisions in the bill, from maintaining the Department of Transportation’s full-price advertising rule to banning in-flight voice calls to setting minimum standards for seat size and legroom to prohibiting involuntary bumping of passengers who have already boarded.
“As our industry’s national trade association ASTA has been actively engaging with policymakers on this legislation for the better part of three years, but this kind of successful advocacy work is a team effort. If you attended ASTA Legislative Day, if you responded to our many grassroots calls-to-action, if you contributed to ASTAPAC, or even if you supported ASTA with your membership dues, you share credit for this victory.”
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its 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, ASTA’s history of 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 about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.