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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in ASTA White Papers as of the date of their publication, please be advised that some content contained therein may be outdated or otherwise inaccurate at the present time. Accordingly, ASTA makes no representation regarding the timeliness of all of the information accessible here. Members having questions regarding the current state of a White Paper topic may wish to contact ASTA to obtain the most up-to-date information.

Gain a Marketing Advantage Through Promoting Sustainable Travel — April 6, 2017
The marketing advantage of the sustainable travel niche is the growing desire of consumers to “do well” while vacationing and traveling.

The Value of Travel Agents — April 6, 2017
Who uses travel agents, who wants to use travel agents and how to market to both. ASTA’s Value of Travel Agents study surveyed over 8,000 U.S. Travelers and found out who uses travel agents and who does not. But more importantly it found that non-users were interested in using a travel agent.

Regulatory Compliance for Travel Agency Professionals — April 6, 2017
Travel agencies of various sizes have been assessed civil penalties ranging from $20,000 to $125,000, and on day two of 2014 DOT levied a $95,000 fine on a single agency. This video will delve deeply into the nuances and key compliance issues of the principal federal consumer protection rules and policies.

The Ins and Outs of Ensuring Hassle-Free Airport Screening for Your Clients — April 6, 2017
TSA’s Risk-Based Security presentation about the various ways your clients can enroll in the PreCheck programs.

Helpful Resources — June 22, 2016

Video Library — May 17, 2016

PACs and political influence in the travel industry — February 12, 2013
To many people, the term "PAC" conjures images of smoke-filled rooms, suitcases full of cash and corrupt politicians. And don't forget about those negative ads!

Written Commission Compensation Agreements for California Agent Employees — August 16, 2012
By January 1, 2013, all businesses that pay their California employees by commission must devise written agreements that spell out the method by which commissions will be computed and paid.

Chamber of Commerce Grassroots Campaign — June 9, 2011
Various Chambers of Commerce across the country have entered into the travel business, arranging and selling tour packages to community members. These activities undercut the business activities of the organizations’ own members—local travel agencies and tour operators. In some cases, the Chamber adds insult to injury by using travel companies that are not even Chamber members.

This issue has become, and rightly so, a serious matter of concern for travel agencies and tour operators across the country who are already facing numerous challenges in their struggle to stay in business, only to find themselves in competition with the very organization that purports to support them. ASTA has prepared a grassroots public relations plan for its members who find themselves in competition with their own Chamber to use in alerting the media and their communities to this unfair practice.

ASTA's Pain-Free Advocacy Guide for Travel Agents - How to be an Industry Advocate — June 6, 2011
Every individual and business, no matter who they are, has the opportunity to influence the policies that are created by their elected officials and impact where they live and work. Whether you realize it or not, you advocate the people, places and interests you care about every day. Why not put the same support towards the welfare of your business, clients and peers? ASTA's guide provides many of the simple things you can do now to make a difference towards vital issues that can expand or limit your success.

ASTA letter to President Obama on Cuba Travel — September 24, 2010
A letter to President Obama asking to remove barriers to Cuba travel.

State Regulation - Seller of Travel Legislation Study — July 14, 2009
Currently, seventeen states including the District of Columbia impose some type of regulation on travel sellers and tour operators. Due to the perceived rampart abuse of consumers, states began enacting stern measures designed to combat fraudulent business practices within the industry. California, Florida, Hawai'i and Washington generally have the most restrictive seller of travel regimes, while the laws in states like Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are much more limited in scope.

Legislative Action: ASTA’s Guide to Participating in the Political Process — May 12, 2008
Each year, numerous bills circulating through Congress and state legislatures are proposing more taxes on agency service fees, changes in business taxation, potential solutions for health care reform and many other policies affecting the livelihood of travel professionals. This detailed guide shows you many of the valuable ways you can participate in the policymaking process and influence positive change for the future of the travel industry.


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in ASTA White Papers as of the date of their publication, please be advised that some content contained therein may be outdated or otherwise inaccurate at the present time. Accordingly, ASTA makes no representation regarding the timeliness of all of the information accessible here. Members having questions regarding the current state of a White Paper topic may wish to contact ASTA to obtain the most up-to-date information.

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