Articles tagged “asta”

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.

6 days 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.

2 months 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.

3 months ago

Travel Agency Association Remakes Itself in New Consumer Marketing Campaign

Travel Agency Association Remakes Itself in New Consumer Marketing Campaign

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

5 months ago

7 Issues Confronting the American Society of Travel Agents

7 Issues Confronting the American Society of Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In its rebrand to the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA wanted to keep the acronym as is. But is "Society" really a gateway to the future? The success or failure of the move may hinge on the effectiveness of the organization's new marketing campaign. We can't wait to give it a look.

5 months ago

Travel This Week: ASTA Conference Opens at a Beleaguered SeaWorld

Travel This Week: ASTA Conference Opens at a Beleaguered SeaWorld

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Responsible travel brands are taking steps to ban bookings of tourist attractions involving direct human interactions with animals. Given all the SeaWorld controversies that the film "Blackfish" uncovered, coupled with ongoing federal probes, couldn't ASTA have picked an alternative venue for its opening reception?

1 year ago

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Austin Weinstein and Randy Woods, Bloomberg

The problem with the U.S. travel ban isn't just about the seven Muslim-majority countries. Travel agents and business travel entities fear it is having a broader impact with clients from abroad reluctant to visit the United States given all the uncertainty and unrest.

2 years ago

Travel Agents Struggle to Market Against Online Travel Giants

Travel Agents Struggle to Market Against Online Travel Giants

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

When it comes to reaching consumers, travel agencies don't have the resources to fight against travel providers and online booking titans. They need to be more creative with the tools they do have, and many are experimenting on social media and other digital channels.

2 years ago

TripAdvisor and Industry Groups Are Optimistic About Europe, Despite Travel Alert

TripAdvisor and Industry Groups Are Optimistic About Europe, Despite Travel Alert

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Only a small percentage of Americans generally travel to Europe anyway and many will undoubtedly opt for vacations closer to home. Still, travel usually recovers a few months after a major incident unless disruptions become persistent, which is the fear.

3 years ago

Interview: ASTA’s CEO on the Travel Agencies That Will Win the Future

Interview: ASTA’s CEO on the Travel Agencies That Will Win the Future

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel agencies need to get younger, and more creative, if they're going to survive. For what it's worth, some agencies are doing what it takes protect themselves from the travel companies that want agents sliced out of the industry.

3 years ago

Independent Travel Agents Look for Support to Master a Niche

Independent Travel Agents Look for Support to Master a Niche

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As storefront agencies have disappeared, home-based agents have picked up the slack in the travel agency community. One can't help but wonder, however, if this trend has contributed to the relative invisibility of travel agents to most Americans.

3 years ago

What 3 Airline Executives Wouldn’t Talk About at a Travel Agents’ Conference

What 3 Airline Executives Wouldn’t Talk About at a Travel Agents’ Conference

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Who's more important to the airlines: shareholders or passengers? Take one guess.

3 years ago