Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020- Under the banner of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), agency executives and industry advocates came together today in Washington D.C. for ASTA Legislative Day 2020.
Legislators Hear from the Frontline of American Travel Industry Over 200 travel advisors bring the voice of the traveler to Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., February 4, 2020- Under the banner of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), agency executives and industry advocates came together today in Washington D.C. for ASTA Legislative Day 2020. Legislative Day. is a member-only event that takes travel industry leaders directly to Members of Congress to discuss issues that impact our businesses, work life, and even the client's travel experience. Before attending Congressional meetings pre-scheduled by ASTA, we prepare travel advisors with exclusive training to make sure they're a confident travel advisor advocate.
Today, over 215 travel advisors, our largest turnout in modern history, from across the country will take their message to Capitol Hill, sharing ASTA's stance on critical issues facing the corporate and leisure travel economy. The travel industry's most powerful players flex their political muscles during ASTA's Legislative Day , with over 175 House and Senate Congressional meetings scheduled.
"In politics, you face a choice - engage in the process or put your head in the sand, leave the field to the opposition and hope for the best. ASTA and our members choose to engage, both in D.C. and in the states, and we have a series of wins to show for it, most notably on California AB 5 last year" said Zane Kerby, President & CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors "By showing Congress who we are, who we employ, and that we are paying attention, the government will understand that travel advisors watch out for the traveling public. Legislative Day is the most important part of that engagement. According to the Congressional Management Foundation, an in-person visit from a constituent is rated by congressional offices as the most effective way to influence a Member of Congress". Top Legislative Priorities for Today's Meetings Modern Worker Empowerment Act(H.R.4069/S. 2973) Supporting legislation to give agency owners and independent contractors the legal clarity they need to avoid misclassification - and the risk of lawsuits, audits, and fines.
Trusted Traveler REAL ID Relief Act: On October 1, 2020, TSA will begin enforcing the federal REAL ID Act, which if implemented without changes risks as many as 500,000 travelers per week will be turned away at airport security. It is critical that Congress take action to avoid this worst-case scenario. Industry Education: We're telling the story of our resilient and growing industry to the members of Congress. Educating these lawmakers on our business is an important first step to ensuring our voices are heard on the issues that matter. "Policymaking is a marathon, not a sprint," said Eben Peck, ASTA's Executive Vice President of Advocacy. "Our goal is to raise awareness about our industry and how public policy impacts us, and get as many legislators as possible to support our priorities and increase the chances of success. Showing up, in person, year after year, is the best way to make that happen."
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.