Alerts & Notices - ASTA

Member News & Alerts

Please log in to see the full content.


2022
  • August 8, 2022 — DOT Releases Draft Rule on Airline Refunds  Members Only - Please Login
    As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released draft regulations for public comment that aim to strengthen protections for consumers seeking refunds for airline tickets. The package contains both enhanced consumer protections that ASTA has advocated for as well as provisions of concern that would increase the burden on travel agencies, regardless of whether the agency handled the client’s funds in the transaction.

  • July 27, 2022 — UPDATE: Texas COVID Relief Grant Program Deadline Extended Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted to let those interested in the new Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program (TTIR) that the application deadline has been extended from July 31st to August 7th, 2022.

  • July 11, 2022 — Texans! New COVID Relief Grant Program Made Available, Webinar Tomorrow Members Only - Please Login
    We wanted to share some good news! Texas has launched a state grant program to stimulate the travel industry’s recovery. The program is being funded through Texas’ Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund created under the federal stimulus package enacted in March 2021.

  • April 6, 2022 — Bill Authorizing Additional Small Business Relief to be Considered in the House this Week Members Only - Please Login
    This week, the House is expected to take up the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022, an amended version of H.R. 3807. The amended bill, sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Chair of the House Committee on Small Business, aims to provide additional financial assistance to small businesses that continue to be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 31, 2022 — Sales Tax on Travel Agency Services Stripped Out of Tax Bill Members Only - Please Login
    Among the changes that the Kentucky Senate made to House Bill (HB) 8 before passing it was to remove travel agencies from the list of 39 different service industries that would be subjected to Kentucky’s six percent sales tax for the first time.

  • March 14, 2022 — Update on Crystal Cruises – What You Need to Know Members Only - Please Login
    As you likely already have heard, in February Crystal Cruises LLC and two of its affiliate companies filed a Notice of Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors in the Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County, Florida. In this legal proceeding, the filing entity transfers all of its assets to a trust for liquidation and distribution to its creditors. A copy of the court filing is available here.

  • March 11, 2022 — Government Funding Bill Includes No Small Business Relief Members Only - Please Login
    This week, Congressional leadership unveiled a $1.5 trillion appropriations package to fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year. The House of Representatives passed the package earlier this week, the Senate followed suit last night and President Biden is expected to sign it.

Back to top ^

2021
  • December 19, 2021 — Beware – Fraud Comes in Many Shapes and Forms Members Only - Please Login
    As we have recently received several reports from members about fraud or attempted fraud, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind members to not lose sight of the fact that fraud can come in many shapes and forms...

  • December 13, 2021 — IRS Provides Employer Guidance Concerning Termination of the Fourth Quarter Employee Retention Credit Members Only - Please Login
    The ERTC, created by the CARES Act in 2020 and subsequently extended, provided a refundable tax credit equal to up to $7,000 per employee, per quarter. With Paycheck Protection...

  • December 3, 2021 — Biden Administration Reveals New Travel Rules - Effective Monday Members Only - Please Login
    With ongoing uncertainty regarding the omicron COVID-19 variant, the Biden Administration yesterday released new guidelines for inbound travelers to the U.S., including U.S. citizens...

  • October 29, 2021 — Biden Administration Releases Details on International Restart Members Only - Please Login
    As you know, in late September the Biden Administration announced that it will lift travel restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers in early November, a welcome development and one that...

  • October 6, 2021 — ASTA holds virtual roundtable with Senate Majority Leader Schumer Members Only - Please Login
    On Tuesday, ASTA organized a virtual event with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a cross-section of ASTA’s New York membership and key allies to discuss the need for additional legislative relief...

  • September 10, 2021 — Biden Plans Allows for Upsized EIDL Loans Up to $2 Million Members Only - Please Login
    Yesterday, President Biden released a six-pronged national strategy to combat COVID-19. While there are several aspects of the plan that...

  • September 9, 2021 — COBRA Premium Subsidy Set to Expire – Notice Required by September 15 Members Only - Please Login
    Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), individuals who were furloughed or laid-off as a result of...

  • August 16, 2021 — Tell Congress to Restore ERTC, Provide Additional Relief Members Only - Please Login
    As the dust settles after a whirlwind few weeks in Washington, we wanted to update you on where things stand and ask for your assistance, once again...

  • August 5, 2021 — Infrastructure Bill Ends Employee Retention Tax Credit Early Members Only - Please Login
    Buried in the 2,700-plus pages of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill funding improvements to roads, bridges and mass-transit systems Senate negotiators released on ...

  • 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

Back to top ^

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.

Back to top ^

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.

American Airlines Ensemble Travel Group Puerto Rico Royal Caribbean International AllianzPartners.png Celebrity Logos Norwegian Cruise Line Sandals Travelsavers Apple Leisure Group
Amawatrerways
Avis Budget
Carnival logo
Alamo Enterprise National
Frosch
Globus Family of Brands
Hilton
Hungary
Corp Msc Cruises
Southwest Business
United For Business
Viking Cruises
AIG Delta Best Western Group Gifted Travel Network Hertz Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) Marriot Omega SilverSea Travel Insured Travel Planners International Expedia TAAP National Transaction Corporation Visit Anchorage Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
ASTA Global Convention 2022

ASTA Headquarters

American Society of Travel Advisors
675 N Washington St, Ste 490
Alexandria, VA 22314 U.S.A.