ASTA's white papers provide valuable insights into a wide range of timely topics. Current topics include everything from ethics for travel advisors to media training to the legal considerations in hiring independent contractors.
Provided either free of charge or at a deeply discounted rate as a benefit to ASTA members, our white papers are designed to serve as concise informational guides. Our goal is for each white paper to offer a starting point
and solid grounding on a complex issue to help you make sense of the key concerns and provide a framework for making a decision. Below are some of our most popular topics and a link to our full collection of white papers.
California Seller of Travel Fact SheetInformation for any member working in California
Retail or Service Establishment ExemptionHow travel agencies may claim an exemption from the general
requirement that employees be paid overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek
The Employee Classification Quandary ReportAn overview of federal minimum wage and overtime rules
U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory CompliancePlain-English paper explaining the major federal statutes and regulations that impact travel advisors
Agency Relationships and the Law ManualSince advisors act on behalf of others, it is critical to have an understand what being an agent means from a legal viewpoint
Ethics for Travel AdvisorsAn in-depth study of critical ethical considerations facing their businesses and the travel industry
Media TrainingHow to get and stay on TV.
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The ASTA Verified Travel Advisor® (VTA) certification program offers self-paced online courses at an affordable price, making it easy for you to enroll and get started.The VTA designation lets the travel industry and consumers know that you have met ASTA criteria for industry knowledge, professionalism and ethics and bolsters confidence
by demonstrating that you are keeping up with rapid changes in the travel industry.