Articles tagged “asta”

Travel Agents

Becoming a Fora Travel Advisor as a Side Hustle During a Summer of Airline Chaos

Fora Travel has the potential to give impetus to the evolving role of travel agents in an Instagram and TikTok era. It all sounds good in theory, but much depends on whether the agency can deliver on providing adequate training to its burgeoning ranks.

Becoming a Fora Travel Advisor as a Side Hustle During a Summer of Airline Chaos

Travel Agents

Travel Advisor Group Tells Transportation Department Agents Can’t Issue Flight Refunds

Travel advisors serve as agents of the airlines when they process flight bookings. Why should they be responsible for issuing flight refunds when they are mere go-betweens and never see the money?

Travel Advisor Group Tells Transportation Department Agents Can’t Issue Flight Refunds

Online Travel

Do Travel Agents Matter in Online Travel? Expedia Thinks So

Expedia is trying to press its advantage in business-to-business programs. It's ahead of Booking Holdings in this area, and Airbnb doesn't have one.

Do Travel Agents Matter in Online Travel? Expedia Thinks So

Business Travel

U.S. and Canadian Travel Advisor Groups Look Beyond Rivalry to Reopen the Border

The entire travel industry greatly benefits when groups many would think of as competitors work together to provide assistance for travelers and travel advisors.

U.S. and Canadian Travel Advisor Groups Look Beyond Rivalry to Reopen the Border

Business Travel

Nearly Half of U.S. Travelers Plan to Use Travel Advisors Post-Pandemic, Survey Shows

There’s cause for optimism for this at-risk segment of the industry, just as National Travel Advisor Day hits. Travel agencies that are quick to adapt have the potential to capture a new customer base that outlasts the travel recovery years.

Nearly Half of U.S. Travelers Plan to Use Travel Advisors Post-Pandemic, Survey Shows

Business Travel

U.S. Election Year Aside, Travel Advisor Execs Optimistic About 2020

The adage that U.S. presidential election years are bad for business may or may not hold true for 2020. Savvy travel advisors, however, may want to put extra effort into keeping clients confident and enthusiastic about upcoming travel plans.

U.S. Election Year Aside, Travel Advisor Execs Optimistic About 2020

Business Travel

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

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.

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

Tourism

Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?

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?

Are Cultural Tours Built on Exploitation?

Business Travel

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

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.

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Business Travel

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

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.

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors