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2021
  • June 21, 2021 — Federal Court Grants Florida’s Motion in Lawsuit Against the CDC Members Only - Please Login
    Late Friday, a federal District Court judge entered an order in the case of State of Florida v. Xavier Becerra, et al., granting Florida’s motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from...

  • March 18, 2021 — Congress to Extend PPP Application Deadline, SBA Defers EIDL Repayments Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, the PPP application window is currently set to expire on March 31, 2021. The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act of 2021 will extend the application deadline by two months, to...

  • March 15, 2021 — New York State to Eliminate Domestic Quarantine Requirements Starting April 1 Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, ASTA and our members have been pushing Governor Cuomo to ease restrictions on New Yorkers who travel...

  • March 11, 2021 — Update on the American Rescue Plan Members Only - Please Login
    As soon as today, the House of Representatives will pass the final version of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) and it is...

  • March 9, 2021 — Updated Guidance on PPP Applications, New IC Loan Amounts Members Only - Please Login
    As you are aware, in mid-February the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). We wanted to provide you some...

  • February 22, 2021 — Administration Announces Changes to PPP Program Members Only - Please Login
    This afternoon, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The provisions most likely to...

  • January 22, 2021 — Update on Biden Administration COVID-19 Travel Order Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, as part of a flurry of executive actions taken on his first full day in office, President Biden issued an “Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.”...

  • January 13, 2021 — CDC to Require Negative COVID Test from All Inbound Passengers Members Only - Please Login
    As you have likely heard, last night the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test...

  • January 11, 2021 — SBA Announces Limited PPP Reopening Members Only - Please Login
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open this week

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2020
  • December 22, 2020 — Update on Year-End Coronavirus Relief Package Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, earlier this week Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration came to agreement, at long last, on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package. The bill – the first substantial relief legislation...

  • December 11, 2020 — COVID Advocacy Update - Week of December 11 Members Only - Please Login
    The months-long COVID relief legislation roller coaster ride continued this week. What we know – they are talking. They have given themselves...

  • December 4, 2020 — COVID Advocacy Update - Week of December 4 Members Only - Please Login
    With a flurry of activity this week, optimism is growing for passage of another round of COVID relief legislation before the end of the year. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group...

  • November 23, 2020 — Updates on CARES Act Relief Programs Members Only - Please Login
    PPP lenders may or may not be accepting forgiveness applications at this time. Even if they are, borrowers may want to wait to apply, as Congress could elect to change the rules again. As it now stands, borrowers have...

  • November 16, 2020 — New York State Eases International Travel Quarantine Requirements Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, ASTA and our members have been pushing Governor Cuomo to allow New Yorkers who travel internationally to use testing as an alternative to the recently-imposed 14-day quarantine restrictions. We are happy to announce...

  • November 11, 2020 — Further Insights on 2020 Election Impact on Our Industry Members Only - Please Login
    At a high level, former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have secured enough Electoral College votes to become our country’s 46th president, though...

  • November 3, 2020 — The 2020 Election and Its Impact on Our Industry Members Only - Please Login
    As the dust settles from yesterday’s election, we wanted to provide you with an initial analysis on what the election results mean for our industry and your business.

  • October 21, 2020 — COVID Advocacy Update - Week of October 19 Members Only - Please Login
    Negotiations over the next round of coronavirus relief legislation showed few signs of life this week. Last week, in negotiations with House Democrats, the Administration offered

  • October 13, 2020 — ASTA COVID Advocacy Update – Week of October 12 Members Only - Please Login
    Last week was a roller coaster for sorely-needed coronavirus relief legislation

  • October 6, 2020 — Tell Congress: No Relief? No Recess Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, Congress remains gridlocked over the next round of coronavirus

  • September 14, 2020 — ASTA COVID Advocacy Update – Week of September 14 Members Only - Please Login
    Our main focus remains on securing the maximum amount of financial relief for ASTA members from federal and state governments to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • August 17, 2020 — ASTA COVID Advocacy Update Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members:Our main focus remains on securing the maximum amount of financial relief for ASTA members from federal and state governments to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • August 10, 2020 — Update on COVID Relief Negotiations, Administration Executive Orders Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: We wanted to update you on where things stand in Washington on negotiations over the next round of coronavirus (COVID-19) relief and the Trump Administration’s executive orders issued over the weekend. Uncertainty abounds, but here’s what we know.

  • July 29, 2020 — Get a “behind the curtain” look at ASTA’s advocacy efforts Members Only - Please Login
    Our main focus remains on securing the maximum amount of financial relief for ASTA members from federal and state governments to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • July 21, 2020 — ASTA COVID Advocacy Update – Week of July 20 Members Only - Please Login
    Our main focus remains on securing the maximum amount of financial relief for ASTA members from federal and state governments to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • July 14, 2020 — ASTA COVID Advocacy Update Members Only - Please Login
    Our main focus remains on securing the maximum amount of financial relief for ASTA members from federal and state governments to help them deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • July 14, 2020 — Updates on CARES Act Relief Programs Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: We wanted to share updates on three of the federal relief programs contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

  • June 26, 2020— Tell Congress to Act Now to Save Travel Advisors
  • June 16, 2020 — SBA Reopens EIDL Applications, Main Street Lending Program Registering Lenders Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: We have two updates to share on federal coronavirus relief programs.Yesterday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

  • May 22, 2020 — PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Additional Guidance Released, Congress Working on PPP Fix Bill Members Only - Please Login
    We write today with some updated guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Earlier this month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, with a worksheet addendum.

  • April 24, 2020 — Congress Sends Agreement on Small Business Funding to President Trump Members Only - Please Login
    Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize about $310 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the Coronavirus Aid...

  • April 21, 2020 — Congress Reaches Agreement on Additional Funding for PPP and EIDL Members Only - Please Login
    Today, Congressional leadership and the Trump Administration came to agreement on legislation to authorize about $310 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • April 20, 2020 — Act Now! Urge Congress to Fix the Paycheck Protection Program Members Only - Please Login
    Act Now! Urge Congress to Fix the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • April 16, 2020 — Urge Congress to Fix the Paycheck Protection Program! Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, on April 3 the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • April 3, 2020 — Flagship SBA Program Set to Launch Today Members Only - Please Login
  • April 3, 2020 — Update on SBA Payroll Protection Program Launch Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: As you know, today is the day the Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the central relief programs included in the...

  • March 31, 2020 — Interim Guidance re: Applying for Financial Relief Under the CARES Act Members Only - Please Login
    March 31, 2020 - ASTA Members: As we wait for guidance and instructions regarding implementation of the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...

  • March 23, 2020 — Message from Zane Kerby – President & CEO ASTA: Airline Refunds, Exchanges, Commissions & More Members Only - Please Login
    (March, 23, 2020)- Government discussions regarding targeted financial relief for the travel sector are rapidly moving forward. . Passenger and cargo airlines alone have requested $58 billion in relief.

  • March 22, 2020 — Say NO to Tax on Travel Advisor Services! Members Only - Please Login
    On February 20, the Democratic leadership of the Maryland General Assembly proposed legislation (House Bill 1628) that would reduce Maryland’s sales tax from 6 to 5 percent but “broaden the base” to include all services performed in the state, including travel agency services.

  • March 20, 2020 — Tell Your Governor and State Legislators to Act Now to Save Travel Advisors Members Only - Please Login
    In the coronavirus crisis, we are facing the biggest challenge our industry has ever seen, 9/11 included. While Congress is moving quickly to provide relief ...

  • March 16, 2020 — Tell Congress and the White House to Act Now to Save Travel Advisors Members Only - Please Login
    In the coronavirus crisis, we are facing the biggest challenge our industry has ever faced. There are a number of proposals being discussed in Congress and at the White House to provide assistance to the travel industry and the broader economy

  • March 13, 2020 — Message from Zane Kerby – President & CEO ASTA: Commission and Booking Fee Shortfalls Members Only - Please Login
    WASHINGTON (March 12, 2020) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation on Wednesday evening, President Trump announced that travel by foreign nationals to the United States from 26 European countries would be prohibited for 30 days beginning on Friday, March 13 at midnight.

  • March 6, 2020 — Message From Zane Kerby- President & CEO ASTA Members Only - Please Login
    Over the weekend, while driving my 11 year-old daughter to an ice skating lesson with her best friend, I overheard their backseat conversation: "Did you know that if you get the coronavirus, there's a 70 percent chance you will die?" (As we know, the actual coronavirus mortality rate is between one and two percent.)

  • March 6, 2020 — Update on Maryland Sales Tax Bills Members Only - Please Login
    We write today with mixed news about the proposed sales tax expansion in Maryland.As you will recall, the Democratic leadership of the Maryland General Assembly proposed legislation (House Bill 1628) that would reduce Maryland's sales tax...

  • February 25, 2020— Say NO to Maryland Tax on Travel Advisor Services!
  • February 14, 2020 — Coronavirus Update Members Only - Please Login
    With the coronavirus situation continuing to develop quickly, we wanted to update you with the latest information and guidance from ASTA.

  • January 31, 2020 — Coronavirus Update Members Only - Please Login
    With the coronavirus situation developing quickly, we wanted you provide you an update with the latest information.

  • January 23, 2020 — Coronavirus Update Members Only - Please Login
    As you have likely heard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that has the potential to cause severe disease and death.

  • January 9, 2020 — Status of Australian Tour Operator Excite Holidays Uncertain Members Only - Please Login
    On Wednesday, Travel Weekly reported that Australia-based tour operator Excite Holidays has not been responsive to calls and e-mails over the last few weeks, leaving advisors uncertain as to whether the company remains a going concern.

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2019
  • December 17, 2019 — Utah Tax Reform Proposal Passes with No Tax on Travel Advisors Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, the Utah legislature convened in a one-day special session to consider a long-awaited tax reform proposal. As you will remember, the legislature considered a bill to lower the state's sales and use tax rate from 4.7 to 3.1 percent...

  • November 25, 2019 — Update on New Jersey Independent Contractor Bill Members Only - Please Login
    Good news from the Garden State! On Friday, Senate President Steve Sweeney said he will be making changes to the bill (S4204) he introduced earlier this month to implement..

  • October 30, 2019 — Vote “Repeal” on Advisory Vote #30 (Travel Agency Tax Rates) Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have seen, on November 5 Washington voters will be asked to weigh in on a number of tax increases passed by the legislature earlier this year, including Advisory Vote #30 related to business & occupations (B&O) tax rates for travel agencies.

  • October 16, 2019 — Cox & Kings, The Americas Reportedly Suspends Business Operations Members Only - Please Login
    On Monday, Travel Weekly reported that tour operator Cox & Kings, The Americas had suspended its business operations and is unable to pay its suppliers for trips already booked.

  • October 2, 2019 — ASTA to Offer Health Insurance as Member Benefit Members Only - Please Login
    In case you missed the announcement at the ASTA Small Business Network Conference in Colorado, let us share the good news – last week...

  • October 1, 2019 — One Year from Deadline, ASTA Publishes REAL ID Member Toolkit Members Only - Please Login
    Starting on October 1, 2020 travelers who elect to use a state-issued driver’s license at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints must ensure that it is REAL ID-compliant, which means it is marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card.

  • September 23, 2019 — British Tour Operator Thomas Cook Ceases Operations – What You Need to Know Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, over the weekend British tour operator and airline Thomas Cook said that it had collapsed, forcing approximately 600,000 travelers to scramble to find a way home, after last-minute negotiations to obtain necessary financing for the debt-ridden company fell apart.

  • September 3, 2019 — Travel Advisor Exemption Secured in AB 5! Members Only - Please Login
    California ASTA Members: We’re writing to share some great news – the latest version of California Assembly Bill (AB) 5, made public today, includes an exemption for travel advisors!

  • August 28, 2019 — Post-Convention Message from ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: Our 2019 Global Convention in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida wrapped up on Tuesday...

  • June 17, 2019 — Trump Administration Restricts Cuba Travel Members Only - Please Login
    On June 4, citing the Cuban government's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere" and a desire to "keep U.S. dollars out of the hands of Cuban military, intelligence, and security services,"

  • June 12, 2019 — ASTA Guidance Regarding Recent Events in the Dominican Republic Members Only - Please Login
    As you likely have heard, a number of reports have appeared recently in the national news media regarding safety concerns for tourists visiting beach resorts in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, the reports involve a series of mysterious deaths and unexplained sudden illnesses among American tourists to the popular Caribbean destination.

  • June 5, 2019 — Colorado Supreme Court Announces Decision in OTA Tax Case Members Only - Please Login
    A case with potentially significant implications for the travel industry was decided by the Supreme Court of Colorado on May 28. The case, captioned Town of Breckenridge v. Egencia, LLC, et al.

  • May 31, 2019 — Update on IATA “Resolution 830d” on Passenger Contact Details Members Only - Please Login
    With the goal of being “able to advise passengers of irregular flight operations and disruptions,” the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “Resolution 830d” goes into effect on June 1, 2019 (tomorrow).

  • May 30, 2019 — Texas Hotel Tax Bill Defeated Members Only - Please Login
    Great news! On May 27, the Texas Legislature adjourned without passing House Bill 3579, which would have added new taxes on the fees and markups travel advisors charge clients for Texas hotel bookings.

  • May 11, 2019 — Texas Hotel Tax Bill Update Members Only - Please Login
  • March 29, 2019 — WOW Air Ceases Operations Members Only - Please Login
    According to their U.S. website, Icelandic budget airline WOW Air has ceased operations yesterday and has grounded multiple aircraft in Europe as well as in North America

  • March 27, 2019 — Florida Attorney General Settles with Dollar Thrifty over Toll Fee Disclosures Members Only - Please Login
  • March 27, 2019 — Washington State Update – House Budget Increases Travel Advisor Tax Rates Members Only - Please Login
  • March 22, 2019— Action Requested – Say NO to Washington Tax on Travel Advisor Services!
  • February 26, 2019— Connecticuters: Say NO to Tax on Travel Advisor Services!
  • January 15, 2019 — Government Shutdown Update – Impacts on Travel Members Only - Please Login
    As you have probably heard, Congressional leadership and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a government funding bill before the December 21, 2018 deadline. As a result, the federal government has partially shut down with the expiration of appropriations legislation to fund...

  • January 8, 2019 — Member Guidance on Recent Developments in China Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, last week the U.S. Department of State updated its China travel advisory due to reports that some U.S. citizens have been arbitrarily prevented from leaving China through the application of so-called “exit bans.”

  • January 3, 2019 — Government Shutdown – Impacts on Travel Members Only - Please Login
    As you have probably heard, Congressional leadership and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a government funding bill before the December 21, 2018 deadline.

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2018
  • December 18, 2018 — ASTA Considers Feasibility of Offering New Member Benefits through Association Plans Members Only - Please Login
    Due to a recent change in the law, ASTA is currently exploring the possibility of offering comprehensive group health insurance benefits through an “association health plan.”

  • November 14, 2018 — ASTA Releases Sample Real ID Disclaimer Language Members Only - Please Login
  • November 7, 2018 — The 2018 Election and Its Impact on Our Industry Members Only - Please Login
    As the dust settles from yesterday’s election, we wanted to provide you with an initial analysis on what the election results mean for our industry and your business. By now, you know the main headline: the U.S. Senate remains Republican-controlled while Democrats won control of the House of Representatives.

  • October 31, 2018 — Iowa, Pennsylvania Enact Hotel Tax Expansion Laws Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA members booking hotel rooms in Iowa or Pennsylvania should be aware of recent changes to those states’ tax laws.

  • October 25, 2018 — ASTA Attends Department of Labor Overtime Listening Session Members Only - Please Login
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently completed a series of listening sessions in cities throughout the country to gather views on prospective revisions to the regulations governing the so-called “white collar” exemptions to federal overtime law.

  • October 16, 2018— Chapter Restructuring Gains Momentum – and How You Can Get Involved
  • September 24, 2018 — Compromise FAA Bill Unveiled Members Only - Please Login
    Over the weekend, U.S. House and Senate transportation committee leaders released a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years, setting up...

  • September 20, 2018— Arizona Court of Appeals Decides Privilege Tax Case
  • June 13, 2018 — ASTA Announces the 2018 Elections Members Only - Please Login
    Calling all future ASTA leaders! ASTA's Board of Directors and its Chapter Presidents play an important role in helping to lead, guide and advise your association.

  • May 23, 2018— Five ASTA member companies take their advocacy support to the next level
  • May 3, 2018 — California Supreme Court Decision to Impact Travel Agency Use of Independent Contractors Members Only - Please Login
    A recent decision of the California Supreme Court may have important implications for travel agencies in California that rely on independent advisors, particularly those that engage IAs to sell travel.

  • April 26, 2018 — Guidance for Advisors with Clients Seeking to Book on Allegiant Air Members Only - Please Login
  • April 12, 2018 — Travel Advisor Daily Isn't Like SmartBrief - It's Smarter! Members Only - Please Login
  • March 6, 2018 — ASTA Launches New Member Communication Platforms Members Only - Please Login
    Our goal at the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is to provide you with the most relevant and compelling content that will help you better serve your clients and grow your businesses.

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2017
  • November 8, 2017 — Trump Administration Issues New Cuba Regulations Members Only - Please Login
    Today, the Trump Administration released updated regulations governing U.S. trade and travel with Cuba.As you will remember from our June member alert, President Trump announced at that time that these regulations would be updated "in the coming months."

  • October 13, 2017— Action Requested: Targeted Call Campaign on H.R. 2515
  • July 28, 2017 — Guidance on Recent Reports Related to Mexico Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, a number of reports have appeared recently in the national news media regarding safety concerns for tourists visiting Mexico.

  • July 20, 2017 — Tell Congress to Take Travel Agents Off the Blacklist! Members Only - Please Login
    With the U.S. House of Representatives scheduled to depart for their annual August Recess on Friday, July 28, now is the time to get your Member of Congress to sign onto The Travel agent Retail Fairness Act (H.R. 2515).

  • June 29, 2017 — Pennsylvania Call to Action – Sales Tax on Travel Agents Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has been monitoring the Pennsylvania budget situation throughout the year as the Governor and General Assembly have worked through the process.

  • June 29, 2017 — Pennsylvania Call to Action – Sales Tax on Travel Agents Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has been monitoring the Pennsylvania budget situation throughout the year as the Governor and General Assembly have worked through the process.

  • June 23, 2017 — House, Senate FAA Bills Introduced Members Only - Please Login
    This week, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and set federal aviation policy generally.

  • June 16, 2017 — President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Travel, Trade Policy Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members, here the main provisions affecting the travel industry.

  • May 26, 2017 — British Airways, Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge Members Only - Please Login
    Today, The Beat, a travel business newsletter, is reporting that British Airways (BA) and Iberia (IB) will charge a fee for bookings made through indirect channels, including the GDSs.

  • May 22, 2017 — ASTA Inspired Bill Hits the Halls of Congress Members Only - Please Login
    We are thrilled to announce that yesterday, Florida Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL 19th) introduced The Travel agent Retail Fairness Act in the U.S. Congress.

  • May 5, 2017 — Update on Colorado Supreme Court Tax Decision Members Only - Please Login
    An important case with potentially significant implications for the travel industry was decided by the Supreme Court of Colorado last Monday.

  • April 27, 2017 — Closure of Miami Passport Agency Members Only - Please Login
    As you can see from the note below and here, the State Department's passport office in Miami is closed due to water damage.

  • April 26, 2017 — Alitalia on Verge of Bankruptcy Members Only - Please Login
    According to news reports, Italian flagship carrier Alitalia appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy, its workers having rejected a government-brokered agreement that would have released 2 billion euros in investments from its managing shareholder...

  • April 6, 2017— Act Now! Senate to Take Up Missouri REAL ID Fix!
  • March 29, 2017— Update on California Seller of Travel Law
  • March 16, 2017 — Florida Action Alert - Help Protect Visit Florida Members Only - Please Login
    As you have probably heard, last week the Florida House of Representatives passed legislation cut the budget of Visit Florida, the state's tourism promotion entity...

  • March 8, 2017 — Update on Non-Binding EU Vote to Restrict Americans' Visa-Free Travel Members Only - Please Login
    Last week, the European Union (EU) Parliament passed a non-binding resolution calling for the reintroduction of visa requirements for American citizens...

  • March 6, 2017 — Trump Administration Issues New Immigration Order Members Only - Please Login
    Today, the Trump Administration issued a new executive order "allow[ing] for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals."

  • February 6, 2017 — Act Now! Missouri REAL ID Compliance Vote This Week Members Only - Please Login
    In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing the final phase of the so-called REAL ID Act which sets standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification...

  • February 6, 2017 — Update on DOL "Blacklist" Issue Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted to update you on where things stand on our efforts to remove travel agencies from a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulatory "blacklist" that blocks them from utilizing an exemption to federal overtime rules.

  • January 27, 2017 — Update - New DOT Proposal on Bag Fee Disclosure Members Only - Please Login
    On January 17, in the waning days of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a proposal to require airlines and "ticket agents" (travel agents) to disclose...

  • January 25, 2017 — ASTA to Address Supplier Direct Incentive Payment Issues Members Only - Please Login
    As you may know, a number of suppliers and other vendors in the travel industry have begun to offer commissions and similar incentive payments directly to agency employees.

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2016
  • December 6, 2016 — DOT Delays Effective Date for Display Bias, Code-Share Disclosure Rule Members Only - Please Login
    Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced an extension of the compliance date for two of the new airline passenger protection regulations announced in October...

  • November 30, 2016 — Premium-Only Update: Display Bias Rules Coming, Overtime Development Members Only - Please Login
    With the effective date for a new federal regulation impacting agency operations fast approaching and a major development on another happening last week...

  • November 23, 2016 — Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of Department of Labor's New Overtime Rule Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, a federal district court in the Eastern District of Texas issued an order enjoining implementation of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) new rule...

  • November 9, 2016 — The 2016 Election and Its Impacts on Our Industry Members Only - Please Login
    As the dust settles from yesterday's election, here is our initial analysis on what the election results mean for our industry and your business.

  • October 31, 2016— Update on DOT Consumer Protection Rulemaking
  • October 12, 2016 — Clarification on Travel Weekly Article re: Consumer Awareness Plan Members Only - Please Login
    You may have seen a recent article in Travel Weekly about ASTA's plans to fund its consumer awareness initiatives.

  • September 1, 2016 — Update on DOT Ancillary Fee Rulemaking Members Only - Please Login
  • August 31, 2016 — Update on DOT Ancillary Fee Rulemaking Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted to share with you a major update on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) rulemaking on airline ancillary fees and other consumer protection issues.

  • August 24, 2016 — DOT Penalty Amounts Climb – ASTA Regulatory Compliance Course Essential Members Only - Please Login
    On August 10, 2016, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an "interim final rule" to adjust for inflation the maximum penalties that can be imposed for violations of aviation...

  • August 2, 2016 — Zika Virus Update Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its Zika virus travel warning to include people living in or traveling to...

  • July 8, 2016 — FAA Reauthorization Update Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has spent the better part of this year working to protect your interests in the debate over the FAA reauthorization bill, "must-pass" aviation policy legislation moving through Congress.

  • June 23, 2016 — Cuba Vote This Week – Act Now! Members Only - Please Login
    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the so-called Cuba travel ban. The vote will be on an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017...

  • June 2, 2016 — Action Requested – 7 Days Left to Push Insurance Bill Over the Finish Line Members Only - Please Login
    The New York legislature is scheduled to adjourn on June 16, giving us only seven legislative days to push Assembly Bill 7971 across the finish line.

  • June 1, 2016 — U. S. State Department Issues Europe Travel Alert Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted you to be aware that yesterday the U. S. State Department advised citizens traveling throughout Europe to exercise vigilance in public places...

  • May 18, 2016 — ASTA Working for You: Travel Insurance Reform Effort Enters Home Stretch Members Only - Please Login
    For more than five years, ASTA and the U.S. Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) have been working together to reduce regulatory concerns for travel agents who are offering travel...

  • May 18, 2016 — DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule Members Only - Please Login
    Effective Dec. 1, Guarantees Time-and-a-Half Pay to Anyone Making More Than $47,476 per Year

  • March 31, 2016 — Pennsylvania Budget Standoff Ends with No New Tax on Travel Agents Members Only - Please Login
    After a nine-month battle waged by ASTA members against Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to broaden a state tax to include travel agents...

  • March 23, 2016 — New Cuba Regulations Allow for Individual "People-to-People" Travel Members Only - Please Login
    On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new set of regulations related to Cuba, including provisions related to travel designed to "further...

  • January 27, 2016 — Zika Virus Warning Update Members Only - Please Login
    Since our last member alert on Jan. 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Zika virus travel warning to an additional eight countries.

  • January 19, 2016 — CDC Zika Virus Warning Members Only - Please Login
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging pregnant women — at any stage of pregnancy — to consider postponing travel to 14 destinations...

  • January 14, 2016 — Maryland Action Alert - Override Vote January 19 Members Only - Please Login
    We have learned that the Senate vote on whether or not to "override" Governor Larry Hogan's veto of Senate Bill (SB) 190 is now likely to take place on Tuesday...

  • January 8, 2016 — Breaking News: DHS Delays REAL ID Implementation Until 2018 Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted you to know as soon as we heard – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today decided to delay full implementation of the REAL ID Act requirements until January 22, 2018.

  • January 8, 2016 — HazMat Disclosure Requirements Change Jan. 1 - Are You Ready? Members Only - Please Login
    On January 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will put in place new hazardous materials disclosure requirements that likely will impact you.

  • January 7, 2016 — Real ID Update - Get the Facts Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA Members: We have seen a number of misleading news articles this week related to the federal Real ID Act, which sets standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards...

  • January 5, 2016 — Maryland Action Alert - Contact Your Senators Before January 14 Members Only - Please Login
    As soon as January 14, the Maryland Senate could vote on whether or not to "override" Governor Larry Hogan's veto of Senate Bill (SB) 190. Though aimed at the OTAs, this bill...

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2015
  • November 23, 2015 — U. S. State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert Members Only - Please Login
    The U. S. State Department today advised citizens to "exercise vigilance" when traveling, avoid large crowds or crowded places, monitor media and local information sources, and contact...

  • November 19, 2015 — Illinois Call to Action #3 - Gov. Rauner's Proposal to Tax Travel Advisor Services Members Only - Please Login
    As the Illinois budget gridlock enters its fifth month, we wanted to update you on the situation in Springfield as the Illinois legislature continues work...

  • November 19, 2015 — Terrorism's Impact on Travel: Your Input Urgently Needed Members Only - Please Login
    There's a lot going on in the world, and ASTA wants to make what you do every day to protect your customers known within the industry and to the traveling public.

  • November 11, 2015 — Pennsylvania Call to Action - Sales Tax on Travel Advisors Members Only - Please Login
    Earlier this year Governor Tom Wolf submitted his Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which includes a proposal to increase the Commonwealth's...

  • November 6, 2015 — DHS, Effective Immediately, Increases Security at Some Non-U.S. Airports Members Only - Please Login
    Out of an abundance of caution, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Administrator Jeh Johnson and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are enhancing security at certain non-U.S. airports...

  • October 21, 2015 — IATA Releases Report on What Travel Advisors Think About NDC Members Only - Please Login
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a study ("NDC: Travel Agencies' Enabler to Success") of travel agencies' knowledge...

  • October 21, 2015 — Update on ASTA Campaign Against Misleading Hotel Marketing Members Only - Please Login
    When ASTA sees a supplier who appears to be circumventing their travel agent partners or engaging in activity that could harm our members...

  • October 16, 2015 — Three States Receive Real ID Extensions Members Only - Please Login
    Three states (Louisiana, New Hampshire and New York) have received Real ID extensions since we issued a member alert on September 17...

  • September 19, 2015 — Administration Issues New Cuba Regulations Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new regulations to further implement the policy changes...

  • September 18, 2015 — TSA Ends Managed Inclusion Program at Airport PreCheck ✓ Lanes Members Only - Please Login
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed to ASTA that effective September 14 it phased out its "Managed Inclusion...

  • September 17, 2015 — Deadline Approaching for New Air Travel ID Requirements Members Only - Please Login
    As soon as January 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing the final phase of the so-called REAL ID Act...

  • September 15, 2015 — American Airlines and Delta Airlines End Interline Agreement Effective September 15 Members Only - Please Login
    Unable to come to terms, American Airlines and Delta Airlines have mutually agreed to end their interline agreement effective September 15.

  • September 10, 2015 — Turkish Embassy Offers ASTA Members Further Insight into Turkey Travel Warning Members Only - Please Login
    On September 3, 2015, ASTA published a Member Alert pertaining to the Turkey Travel Warning issued...

  • September 8, 2015 — U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Delays Final Airline Passenger Protection Rules Until 2016 Members Only - Please Login
    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has delayed the publication of its final Airline Passenger Protections III rules from December 1, 2015...

  • September 3, 2015 — Turkey Travel Warning Issued by State Department Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA members with clients in or planning to travel to Turkey should be aware of a recent travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State.

  • September 2, 2015 — Act Now to Urge DOL to Reconsider Its Overtime Proposal Members Only - Please Login
    New Rules Would Guarantee Time-and-a-Half Pay to Anyone Making Less Than $50,000 Per Year

  • August 26, 2015 — Lufthansa Guidelines Indicate Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) is Non-Refundable Members Only - Please Login
    As previously reported, the Lufthansa (LH) Group—Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS—will introduce a global fee...

  • August 20, 2015 — ARC Alerts Customers to Two Full System and One Product Outage Members Only - Please Login
    ARC system outages are necessary in order to perform a database migration and security updates.

  • August 7, 2015 — ASTA Officials Elections Results Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA, the global advocates for travel, has announced the results of its recent elections.

  • July 24, 2015 — U.S. Department of Labor Proposing Major Changes to Overtime Regulations Members Only - Please Login
    On July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed updates to the regulations governing which employees are entitled to overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • July 23, 2015 — Mandatory Hotel Resort Fees – What Are My Obligations? Members Only - Please Login
    Last month the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) held a meeting of its agenty Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection.

  • July 1, 2015 — Unembossed Credit Cards - Can They be Used in the Agency Environment and Are There Risks? Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has received a number of inquiries from members regarding the growing appearance of unembossed credit cards.

  • June 30, 2015 — Credit Card Chip Technology is Here - Are You Impacted and Ready? Members Only - Please Login
    On October 1, 2015, liability for "card-in-hand" credit card transactions will fall to retailers without updated credit card readers and software.

  • June 12, 2015 — Ohio Update – Senate Budget Rejects Sales Tax on “Travel Services” Members Only - Please Login
    More good news! On Monday the Ohio Senate put out its version of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget...

  • June 3, 2015 — Action Alert – Tell Congress to Support Sanford-Lee Amendment on Cuba Travel Members Only - Please Login
    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation that includes language to block any new air or maritime passenger service to Cuba.

  • June 3, 2015 — Lufthansa Group Carriers to Charge for GDS Bookings Members Only - Please Login
    The Lufthansa Group – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS – today announced effective September 1, 2015 ...

  • June 1, 2015 — DOT Makes Inflation Adjustments for Denied Boarding Compensation, Baggage Liability and Civil Penalties Members Only - Please Login
    Effective with air transportation taking place on August 25, 2015, the DOT is raising the maximum denied boarding compensation amount (in effect since August 2011) from $650 to $675...

  • May 22, 2015 — Illinois Call to Action – Gov. Rauner’s Proposal to Tax Travel agent Services Members Only - Please Login
    During his successful 2014 campaign, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed to "broaden the base" of Illinois’ 5 percent sales tax to include...

  • May 21, 2015 — Clock Ticking on Special Session, Travel agent Tax Still in Play Members Only - Please Login
    With the clocking ticking on the Washington legislature’s special budget session, little has changed since our last alert.

  • May 19, 2015 — DOT Updates Mistaken Fares Policy Members Only - Please Login
    On May 8, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings issued a statement regarding its enforcement policy on “mistaken fares.”

  • May 18, 2015 — New Rules for Traveling to South Africa with Children Go Into Effect June 1 Members Only - Please Login
    Clients who will be travelling to the Republic of South Africa with children should be made aware of new rules on the documentation...

  • May 15, 2015 — Tom Harper River Journeys Appears to Have Closed Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has been informed, and has confirmed, that Newton, MA-based tour operator Tom Harper River Journeys’ (also doing business as Tom Harper Cruises, LLC)...

  • May 6, 2015 — Last chance to urge Govenor Hogan to veto SB190 Members Only - Please Login
    We are reaching out one last time to urge you to contact Governor Larry Hogan and ask him to veto Senate Bill (SB) 190, which would subject the fees charged...

  • April 30, 2015 — Maine Call to Action – Sales Tax on Travel agents Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, earlier this year Governor Paul LePage submitted his Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to the Maine State Legislature.

  • April 28, 2015 — Be Wary of Company Claiming to Sell AGC Hotel Rooms Members Only - Please Login
    Please be advised that a firm by the name of Exhibitors Housing Management may be contacting you purporting to be authorized to sell hotel room space at the ASTA Global Convention headquarters hotel—the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC...

  • April 28, 2015 — Tourism Cares Creates Napal recovery Fund Members Only - Please Login
    Our hearts go out to Nepal as we watch the region recover from a devastating earthquake. In a message sent to our nine Nepalese ASTA members yesterday, Zane Kerby...

  • April 24, 2015 — Volcano Eruptions in Chile Members Only - Please Login
    Two eruptions from a volcano in southern Chile since noon on Wednesday April 22, have the potential to impede travel not only to Chile but...

  • April 24, 2015— Washington Call to Action #2 – $14 Million Tax on Travel agents Still on the Table
  • April 20, 2015 — Ohio Update – Help Needed in Senate to Keep Travel Services Tax Out of the Budget Members Only - Please Login
    the Ohio House’s version of the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget released last week does not include Governor Kasich’s proposal to increase the state’s sales tax from 5.75 percent to 6.25 percent...

  • April 8, 2015 — Ask Governor Hogan to Veto Sales Tax Bill Members Only - Please Login
    Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed legislation (SB 190/HB 1065) by a vote of 84 to 56 that would apply the state’s six percent sales tax ...

  • April 7, 2015 — TSA Ramping Down Precheck for Frequent Flier "Opt-Ins" Members Only - Please Login
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has given travelers two pathways for utilizing...

  • April 6, 2015 — ASTA Releases Sample Cuba Travel Certification Form Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA has developed a sample certification form for use with...

  • March 31, 2015 — Washington Call to Action – B&O Tax Increase on Travel agents Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, since the 1970s travel agents and tour operators in the State of Washington pay a reduced state business and occupation

  • March 9, 2015 — Ohio Call to Action – Sales Tax on Travel agents Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, last month Governor John Kasich submitted his Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget to the Ohio General Assembly.

  • March 3, 2015 — Frontier Airlines Withdraws from ARC, Offers Direct "Ticketless" Option through GDSs Members Only - Please Login
    Frontier Airlines is voluntarily terminating its agreement with the ARC...

  • February 13, 2015 — Unauthorized Websites Selling ASTA Destination Expo Members Only - Please Login
    We have discovered that a website called HotelsOnTheWorld.com claims to be selling booth space and possibly hotel rooms for the ASTA Destination Expo (ADE) in Morocco...

  • February 10, 2015 — MD Call to Action Help Fight New Taxes on Agencies Members Only - Please Login
    We need your help to fight bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly that would apply the state’s six percent sales tax to the service fees or other markups...

  • February 6, 2015 — Virginia Legislative Update Senate Votes Down Hotel Tax Bill Members Only - Please Login
    We are pleased to report that the Virginia Senate voted yesterday against a bill (SB1210) that would subject the fees charged...

  • February 5, 2015 — ASTA Chapters, Members Make a Difference in Their Communities Members Only - Please Login
    Almost $30,000 Donated to Local Charities in 2014

  • February 4, 2015 — Virginia Call to Action – Help Fight New Tax on Hotel Booking Fees Members Only - Please Login
    We need your help to fight a bill moving through the Virginia Senate that will impose new taxes...

  • February 2, 2015 — Nebraska Member Update – Travel Insurance Reform Bill to be Heard Tomorrow Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted to make you aware that the Nebraska Legislature’s Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee will be holding a hearing tomorrow...

  • January 16, 2015 — Talking Points on Cuba Travel Members Only - Please Login
    Understanding the Administration's Easing of Restrictions on Travel to Cuba, effective January 16, 2015

  • January 15, 2015 — Administration Issues New Cuba Regulations - What It Means for Travel agents Members Only - Please Login
    Today, the departments of Commerce and the Treasury issued regulations to implement the policy changes announced by President Obama last month to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

  • January 13, 2015 — Opt-Out Notices Must be Placed on Faxes Even if Recipient Has Consented to Receive Them Members Only - Please Login
    ASTA members who solicit clients via fax should be aware of a recent ruling from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) ...

  • January 9, 2015 — Government Issues Final Rules on Hazmat Disclosure, Musical Instrument Carriage Members Only - Please Login
    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration...

  • January 6, 2015 — ASTA Compares New Hotel Free WiFi Policies Members Only - Please Login
    As 2014 came to a close, three large hotel companies — Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt — announced plans to provide free wifi/Internet ...

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