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Issue: March 30, 2020

  • Save 50% on the ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Program

    During April, ASTA is offering 50% off the full ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Certification Program (VTA), which is regularly $399. The nine-course program provides training on topics that are instrumental in helping travel professionals gain unique industry expertise to boost their skills. To take advantage of these savings, use code VTA50 at checkout.

    ASTA is also offering three courses from the VTA program for free during April, which are Media Training, Marketing You, and Agency Relationships & Law. ASTA members should visit asta.org/membertraining to retrieve special codes to obtain the courses at no cost.  

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  • Travel Headlines

  • Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill (Travel Agent Central)

    ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby said earlier this week, "The fact that travel agencies are included in the airline assistance portion of the bill is a huge win and means that Congress heeded our call to include our members in any targeted travel industry relief."


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  • ASTA touts its advocacy work for rescue bill (Travel Weekly)

    Not long before President Trump signed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on Friday, ASTA executives detailed the Society's work to get travel advisors included in the bill's relief measures.


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  • ASTA explains how CARES Act offers financial relief to travel advisors (Insider Travel Report)

    ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby recapped the bill's progress-noting that it is not yet signed off on by President Donald Trump at the time of the webinar (Trump signed it over the weekend). 


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  • Industry Insights

  • COVID-19 has decimated traffic at U.S. airports (Forbes)

    The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented drop in global air traffic amid government-imposed travel restrictions and airlines reducing or ceasing flight operations. According to, commercial air traffic shrunk 41% below 2019 levels in the last two weeks of March. 


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  • Finding opportunity in adversity (Travel Weekly)

    While the COVID-19 crisis is undoubtedly challenging for the travel agency community to overcome, it also presents an opportunity for travel advisors to better themselves or their business while new bookings are scarce.


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  • ARC changing its payment delivery schedule (Travel Market Report)

    The move doubles Airlines Reporting Corporation's (ARC) time to deliver payments from airlines to travel agencies from five days to ten days. ARC will temporarily move its draft and disbursement day from Friday after the sales week close to the following Wednesday.


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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • All is not lost: 5 destinations that are a beacon of hope (Travel Pulse)

    Life will eventually get back to some semblance of normalcy, and to the delight of so many of us, yes, we will travel again. There are countless cultures and destinations that have risen like a phoenix from the ashes of chaos and destruction. 


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  • 5 travel writers share their top beauty tips from around the world (Forbes)

    Is social distancing making you feel landlocked and uninspired? Here is the perfect solution to combat these quarantine-induced doldrums.


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  • Need a travel-inspired break? This spot-the-difference game will give you a dose of wanderlust (Travel + Leisure)

    Take a few minutes to get lost in these images searching for the difference while escaping from whatever is stressing you out.
     

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  • ASTA Spotlight

  • Thank you to Royal Caribbean International!

    The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) would like to thank Royal Caribbean International for continuing to support ASTA as a 2020 Platinum Proud Partner! Without its support and generous contribution, we would be unable to lead global advocacy and consumer awareness efforts for travel advisors. Thank you to Vicki Freed, Laurie Bohn and the entire team. Partnerships such as these are vital to the success of ASTA! 

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