Benefit From ASTA's

White Papers

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.

Protecting your Travel Business

Protecting Your Travel Business:
Using Independent Contractors

Legal issues regarding the use of independent advisors, includes a sample contractor agreement



Protecting your Travel Business

California Seller of Travel Fact Sheet
Information for any member working in California

Protecting your Travel Business

Retail or Service Establishment Exemption
How travel agencies may claim an exemption from the general requirement that employees be paid overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek

Protecting your Travel Business

The Employee Classification Quandary Report
An overview of federal minimum wage and overtime rules

Protecting your Travel Business

U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance
Plain-English paper explaining the major federal statutes and regulations that impact travel advisors

Protecting your Travel Business

Agency Relationships and the Law Manual
Since advisors act on behalf of others, it is critical to have an understand what being an agent means from a legal viewpoint

Protecting your Travel Business

Ethics for Travel Advisors
An in-depth study of critical ethical considerations facing their businesses and the travel industry

Protecting your Travel Business

Media Training
How to get and stay on TV.



Communication Guide 
Creating a Privacy Policy  
Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
Employee Classification
FTC’s Endorsement Guides 
FTC’s Red Flags Rule
GDS Surcharge
Guide to Copyrights Laws
Guide to Debit Memos
Guide to Secure Flight
Guide to Selling Tours
Host Agency Management
Identity Theft
ICs in California
Legal Issues Regarding ICs
Misclassifying Companies
Federal Tax Rules
New Distribution Capability (NDC)
Non-Commissionable Fares
Overtime Rules
Selecting a PR Agency
Selling Tours
Selling Travel Insurance
State Regulations
Work Share Programs


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Travel Advisor Members

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. 


    Looking for ways to increase your credibility among consumers? Earning your VTA certification sets you apart as a travel advisor, demonstrating your deep understanding of client responsibilities, unwavering commitment to professionalism and integrity, and expertise valued by those seeking reputable and credible guidance.

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