Articles tagged “asta”

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The American Society of Travel Advisors' show of support for the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 indicates growing distaste among agencies, as well as the general public, for resort fees, particularly when they are not disclosed up-front. Such support is a logical step for the organization, which has long advocated for pricing transparency.

4 weeks ago

Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?

Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Cultural tours to communities of color involve many parties: travel advisors, tour operators, service providers, travelers themselves, and more. So who's responsible for making sure that a trip to an indigenous community or a historically black neighborhood is carried out ethically?

3 months ago

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

The number of people with disabilities is increasing and travel advisors need to understand this demographic. If they don’t, not only will they lose business to specialist agencies, they may also risk prosecution.

7 months ago

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A recent Today Show segment touting Costco Travel is riling ASTA, as are Four Seasons ads on Facebook promising perks for direct bookings. Travel advisors are irked as well, but are finding ways to hold their own.

8 months ago

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As states look for new sources of tax revenue in the service-driven economy, businesses like travel agencies are viewed as likely targets. Part of the problem is ignorance among legislators of how agencies operate and why added taxes would be devastating for many.

8 months ago

Hispanic-Owned Travel Agency Emphasizes Trust as Key Selling Point

Hispanic-Owned Travel Agency Emphasizes Trust as Key Selling Point

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Express Travel, a travel agency serving a largely Hispanic customer base, has built an extensive clientele over the past 30 years. Relationships, community involvement, and intimate awareness of how its clients like to travel have a lot to do with its success.

8 months ago

Home-Based Travel Advisors Use These Tricks for Sanity and Productivity

Home-Based Travel Advisors Use These Tricks for Sanity and Productivity

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Running a home-based travel agency is not without its challenges, including isolation, getting motivated, and keeping work and personal life from colliding. Fortunately, there is plenty of support, including from industry peers, to help the process.

9 months ago

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Travel Association Forms Myanmar Chapter But Will the Government Benefit?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

ASTA’s new Myanmar chapter and planned partnership with Myanmar tourism will give travel advisors new opportunities to learn about an emerging destination. However, it also raises ethical concerns about supporting a country that engages in ethnic cleansing.

10 months ago

ASTA Is Giving the Entire Travel Industry Advice on an Important Rebrand

ASTA Is Giving the Entire Travel Industry Advice on an Important Rebrand

Isaac Carey, Skift

The letter ASTA sent was over-ambitious and a little dramatic, but ultimately a smart move and way overdue.

10 months ago

Airline Group Turns to Blockchain to Bypass Entrenched Distribution Systems

Airline Group Turns to Blockchain to Bypass Entrenched Distribution Systems

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There have been several new technologies, from the New Distribution Capability to direct-connect, and blockchain, that have at times shown promise in easing the grip of the global distribution systems. For the last 20 years, the incumbent distributors have always managed to exert or shore up their roles.

10 months ago

Independents Day: ASTA and Subsidiary Forge Closer Relationship

Independents Day: ASTA and Subsidiary Forge Closer Relationship

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The closer relationship between the American Society of Travel Advisors and its subsidiary, the renamed ASTA Small Business Network, promises greater visibility for independents with consumers. However, the real winner may be the parent organization, given the growing importance of the independent sector.

1 year ago

How Travel Agent Trade Group Fought Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

How Travel Agent Trade Group Fought Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

Dennis Schaal, Skift

These travel advisors have a certain swagger about them these days. Their U.S. trade association, the newly named American Society of Travel Advisors, is now back among the living, and has the challenge of keeping things moving in the right direction.

1 year ago