There is something happening at the newly named American Society of Travel Advisors. It not only has a new name, but has a new energy and confidence about where it is headed as it reaches out directly to a new generation of travelers.
Fresh off rebranding itself into the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA on Wednesday unveiled a new consumer-marketing campaign, logo and tagline, “We’ll take you there.”
The prior tagline for the American Society of Travel Agents was: “The global advocates for travel. Go with the pros.
While the organization has done consumer campaigns before, along with plenty of trade marketing drives to increase its travel agent membership, the new advertising push feels more modern and youthful than prior efforts.
The video text overlays read:
A travel advisor will get you there with …
Less gamble (sorry we’re closed sign)
Whereever you want to go …we’ll take you there.
Find your travel advisor at TravelSense.org
There are plenty of youthful images in the spot, including a backpacker, couples drinking wine or champagne on a yacht, and a traveler taking a solitary walk along a pristine beach. When it comes to worries about panic and too much bustle, there are airport flight boards filled with cancellations, and overcrowded beaches. Travel advisors furnish “less panic,” after all.
The new campaign, which will be primarily online, came after online surveys and offline focus groups, and is way for the organization to look more outward, ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby told more than 1,000 attendees at its global conference at the Washington Hilton Wednesday. He said the focus groups found that consumers weren’t sure whom a travel agent would work for while a travel advisor would assuredly work for the customer.
The campaign will keep off next week on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram, ASTA’s first foray onto the latter platform.
The goal of the campaign is to attract 100,000 visitors monthly to TravelSense.org, up from the usual 60,000 to 80,000, said Kerby, who declined to specify how much the organization will spend on the campaign.
The switch from an association of travel agents to one of travel advisors “is a clarifying declearation of whom we work for, the travel consumer,” Kerby said.
The video drives viewers to the organization’s TravelSense.org website. Kerby said the board allocated resources into upgrading the site — the new version is being beta-tested — and it’s being converted from more of a content and travel tips site into a more modern-looking travel-advisor locator.
The rebranding comes with a new teal-colored logo, which is geared to be more modern, adventurous, and vibrant, Kerby said. There are different versions for luxury and corporate travelers.
In other news, the association brought the independent-agent focused National Association of Career Travel Agents into the ASTA fold. It, too, got a rebrand Wednesday, becoming the ASTA Small Business Network.
The Daily Newsletter
Our daily coverage of the global travel industry. Written by editors and analysts from across Skift’s brands.
Have a confidential tip for Skift? Get in touch
Photo credit: A screen capture from a consumer-facing ad promising produced by ASTA about travel agents. The ad promises: ""We'll take you there." American Society of Travel Advisors