Help us design this $10,000 family vacation
We have a hot new lead for you with a budget of $10,000 and a chance to fix a failed vacation. Back in June we asked the world to send us their worst travel horror stories. After hundreds of submissions, we selected our winner and now we need your help to design their ultimate #VacationDoOver. If you're chosen as the Freemyer's travel advisor, not only will you get free media exposure and play a key role in a major consumer awareness campaign but you'll get to keep any commission from the booking.Enter Now!
Hong Kong's imperiled travel industry grows increasingly desperate with new plea (Skift)
There are no signs of things getting better for the embattled travel industry in Hong Kong, as a recent plea from the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong indicates.Enter Now!
Delta to launch a suite of new digital features for travel professionals (Travel Market Report)
Delta Air Lines announced it will launch a new chat feature on Delta Professional, a suite of enhancements to its Delta Edge meetings product, and upgraded operational reporting for corporate customers - all in response to feedback from travel advisors and corporate travel managers.Read More
Japanese airline's robots could let the elderly 'travel' from home (Engadget)
If your inability to travel prevents you from embarking on a dream vacation, a robot might one day stand in your place.Read More
Hays Travel buys out Thomas Cook (Recommend Magazine)
One of the world's oldest tour companies, Thomas Cook, will be brought back to life thanks to a buy-out from British travel firm Hays Travel.
Caribbean tourism organization to close New York, UK offices (Travel Pulse)
The Caribbean Tourism Organization, the primary Caribbean tourism marketing body, will close its New York office on December 31 and its United Kingdom office by January 31, 2020, organization officials said in a statement issued Tuesday.
Royal Caribbean transforms CocoCay (Travel Advisor Magazine)
Royal Caribbean International recently laid out $250 million to build a water-themed attraction like none other, christening the experience "Perfect Day at CoCoCay".Read More
Exploring Aria Hotel Budapest (TravelSense.org)
Enjoy this tour of the whimsical Aria Hotel Budapest. You'll witness a keyboard that flows across the lobby floor to a real-life grand piano, a cue to the music theme that subtly permeates this 48-room boutique hotel.Read More
Jessica Nabongo on what visiting 195 countries has taught her (Conde Nast Traveler)
In a new interview series, we talk to the nine extraordinary women who make up our Women Who Travel advisory board. This week we catch up with Jessica Nabongo, founder of Jet Black and the first black woman to visit every country in the world.Read More
World's first Monopoly-themed attraction to open in Hong Kong (CNN)
Hong Kong's Victoria Peak, home to the world's two most expensive properties, will soon have a new neighbor -- the top-hat wearing, mustachioed Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka Mr. Monopoly. Opening at The Peak on October 26, Monopoly Dreams is said to be the world's first fully immersive attraction inspired by the 84-year-old board game.Read More
Remebering Inge Gaitch
ASTA offers its condolences to the family of Ingeborg "Inge" Gaitch, the Past President of the Central and North Florida ASTA Chapter, who passed away last week from complications after surgery. Originally from Germany, she settled in the Tampa area in 2000 after immigrating to the United States in 1959 and became very active in the local NACTA and ASTA chapters, holding many chapter positions. Inge was known for her keen work ethic and love for travel.
ASTA Proud Partners make it possible for ASTA to promote and defend the travel agent community