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Issue: December 4, 2019

  • ASTA health insurance plan open for enrollment!

    STA is excited to announce that we have finalized the details of our partnership with Association Health Programs (AHP) to offer you a new exclusive ASTA member-only benefit - health insurance! Creation of an association plan has been a frequent request of ASTA members over the past several years, as it could allow individuals and small business owners to obtain coverage at group rates much more favorable than if purchased individually.

    As an ASTA member, you, your families and your employees in 38 states are eligible for coverage (see webpage for specific states). This includes ASTA-member independent contractors. In addition to health insurance, ASTA members may also purchase other types of insurance coverage through the plan, such as dental, vision, disability, life, accident, long-term care, and Medicare supplements. Our beta-testers have reported insurance premium savings of up to 40 percent! If you're a member, take a look today...if you're not, join ASTA so you can get access to this important new benefit.

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  • Travel Headlines

  • Perillo Travel VR rebrands as Travel World VR with new VR app (Insider Travel Report)

    Zane Kerby, president of ASTA, says VR promises an immersive travel experience prior to an actual one. "Travel World VR's production and distribution capabilities will expand the possibilities for consumers by opening their eyes to new destinations and experiences."

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  • What to watch out for in the 2020 travel economy (Skift)

    We head into 2020 with more question marks than any year of this cycle. Risks are rising and the global economy is slowing. Here's what you need to know to be prepared.

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  • U.S. may require facial scans at airports (Travel Weekly)

    Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers -- including American citizens -- be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology.

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  • Industry Insights

  • What do you do when your client isn't sure what they want to do? (TravelMarket Report)

    It's one of the most disconcerting calls a travel advisor can receive. "We want to take the trip of a lifetime in six months. We're not sure exactly sure where, but can you make it happen?"

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  • Rest easy, travel advisors — cruises are recession resistant: World Travel Holdings Co-CEO (Skift)

    Executives at World Travel Holdings are confident that cruises will only grow in importance to travel advisors, pointing to consumer trends and changing demographics.

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  • DOT greenlights Delta, Transatlantic JV partners to coordinate on distribution (The Beat)

    Executives at World Travel Holdings are confident that cruises will only grow in importance to travel advisors, pointing to consumer trends and changing demographics.

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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • Going through a breakup? There's now a travel app that can help you heal (Travel and Leisure)

    According to Lonely Planet, a new app called Breakup Tours provides a variety of "heart-healing and soul-cleansing travel experiences around the world" to help users get over a broken heart and embrace the joys of solo travel.

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  • Is travel the secret to a long life? (BBC)

    Feeling old and shunned, legendary writer Paul Theroux leaves the US and journeys to a country that reveres the elderly.

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  • 20 travel destinations poised for popularity in 2020 (TravelPulse)

    Want to visit somewhere new in 2020? Many parts of the globe that might once have been far off the tourist checklists are up-and-coming again, or for the first time.


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  • ASTA Spotlight

  • Plan Ahead for These 2020 ASTA Events

    Plan Ahead for These 2020 ASTA Events

    Educational Journeys
    Breathtaking Turkey: 7-Days of Stunning Landscapes & History 
    Charming Vietnam: 7-Days of Immersive Exploring the Natural Wonders
    7-Day Enchanting Italy: The Dream of Tuscany Experience


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    ASTA Legislative Day 2020 
    February 3-4, 2020 in Washington, DC

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    ASTA Corporate Advisory Council Forum 2020  
    February 5, 2020, in Washington, DC
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    ASTA Premium Business Summit 2020 
    May 7-9, 2020 in Austin, TX
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    ASTA Global Convention 2020
    August 25–28, 2020 | Washington, DC
    August 28th for Small Business Network members 

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