The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and the Sabre/Travel Network hosted a Legislative Day at the Jones Day law firm in Washington, April 13. More than 70 participants, who traveled from as far as Wisconsin, joined forces to have their voices heard and to discuss cutting edge information with federal officials who oversee regulatory issues that impact the travel industry.“In a world and industry where change is a constant, the importance of remaining vigilant and protecting one’s interests cannot be underestimated,” said ASTA Executive Vice President and COO William A. Maloney, CTC.
Throughout the day, registrants heard from panels focusing on Homeland Security, ASTAPAC, regulatory and tax issues, aviation issues and Department of State. Some important issues discussed were Secure Flight, US-Visit Program, Registered Travel Program and the new passport issue initiative for the Western Hemisphere. During the ASTAPAC presentation, Sabre awarded ASTA with a $5,000 check in recognition of the agency’s hard work and commitment to travel advocacy. After the half-day speaker sessions, those travel agents in attendance went to Capitol Hill for meetings with their representatives.