May 11, 2020
Alexandria, VA, May 11, 2020 – Today, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and OASIS Travel Network (OTN) announced a membership agreement which will result in all of OTN’s more than 750 members becoming members of ASTA, the first partnership of its kind involving a major host agency.
Under the agreement, beginning on June 1, 2020, OASIS Travel Network will integrate ASTA membership into its suite of benefits for its members, with all OTN members becoming ASTA members as of January 1, 2021. About 100 of OTN’s members are currently members of ASTA. ASTA has in place similar membership deals with major consortia such as Ensemble Travel Group, Signature Travel Network, Travel Leaders Group and Virtuoso, but this represents the first such deal with a host agency.
“This agreement comes at a critical time and is a major landmark for ASTA, speaking to the confidence that OTN and its leaders have placed in our industry’s national trade association,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “With this vote of confidence, we intend to redouble our efforts to promote and defend the travel advisor community – especially with regard to securing the maximum amount of coronavirus financial relief for agencies and protecting the independent contractor business model so critical to the success of OTN and other host agencies.”
“At OTN, we believe it is essential that our members realize the importance of becoming involved with ASTA, the only organization that advocates for the interests of their chosen profession,” said Kelly Bergin, President of OASIS Travel Network. “By including ASTA membership, we are making available to our advisors the many benefits and programs that ASTA provides, such as health care, training, and lead generation. We are so excited about this new partnership.”
“ASTA fights for the travel advisor every single day, and we feel it is vital that every one of our OTN members have the advantage of ASTA membership,” said Lee Smolinski, CEO of OASIS Travel Network. “Every travel advisor benefits from ASTA’s leadership on the most important issues affecting our industry and, therefore, we are proud to now include ASTA membership for every member of OTN.”
“We look forward to welcoming over 600 new members to the ASTA family, and express our heartfelt thanks to Lee, Kelly and their entire team for their leadership and investment in our association’s work to protect and grow this industry,” said Kerby.
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.