Alexandria, VA, April 29, 2016 – An online course designed to help guide individuals interested in pursuing a career as a travel agent is now available from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Students will learn about the travel industry in general, as well as tips on how to begin a new and exciting career as a travel advisor.
"ASTA receives a phone call or a Facebook message every day from someone asking how they can become a travel agent," said Zane Kerby, ASTA President and CEO. "We thought 'who better than ASTA' to offer a course that will also help our member agencies bring new talent in the industry."
For only $25, anyone can take the "Becoming a Travel Agent" online course. This tutorial is designed for people who are entrepreneurial in spirit, who have great social interaction and interpersonal skills and have always wanted to play a key role in this exciting yet complex industry. This course explains the skills needed, explains the dynamics of the travel industry and the multiple travel agency business models and where to find training options.
The course is presented by Amanda Cecil, Ph.D, CMP, Undergraduate Program Director & Associate Professor of the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event management at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. A 44-page guide accompanies the course, and will open new worlds to those wishing to get into the business.
In further efforts to spread the word about what it means to be a travel agent and entice more to enter the business, ASTA will hold a free webinar "Becoming a Travel Agent—A Great Career Choice" on May 17, 2-3 p.m. EDT, that already has more than 400 people registered. The webinar, led by Heather Kindred of Travel Leaders of Tomorrow, will walk participants through what it means to start a career as a travel agent.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) 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, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel 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, visit ASTA.org.
ASTA’s sister association, The National Association of Career Travel Agents, represents a professional community of independent travel agents ready to assist the traveling public.