Most ASTA members expect their employment levels to remain the same in 2012, according to an ASTA Labor & Compensation survey conducted this fall. Whereas a tenth of the agencies plan to add new employees and a further 20 percent expect to contract with more independent contractors (ICs).
With the travel industry showing halting signs of improvement even as the overall economy continues to struggle, two just-released studies from ASTA - the 2010 Service Fee Report and the 2010 Labor & Compensation Report - provide agents with essential data to benchmark two of a business’s most important components, salary and revenue.
ASTA members expect to see a stronger profit in 2011 and 2012 on par with 2008 profit levels—according to an ASTA survey conducted this summer, which asked travel agency members about their revenue and transaction volume, sales per travel segment, and their expected profits.
ASTA’s Young Professionals Society (YPS) will again be holding its annual Member’s Only Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Topicana Las Vegas.
ASTA came out in strong support of the travel agency industry today in response to a statement President Obama made regarding how the Internet has replaced many jobs, among them travel agents, while speaking at a town hall meeting in Atkinson, Ill.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has come out in strong support of the travel agency industry following a statement from US president Barack Obama. Obama claimed earlier this week the internet had replaced many jobs, among them travel agents, while speaking at a town hall meeting in Atkinson, Illinois.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed on as a leading partner for ASTA’s upcoming International Destination Expo in Lima, Peru (March 1-4, 2012) and will address all travel professional delegates at the opening general session.
ASTA and the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) have issued an advisory to travel management companies, travel agents and corporate travel departments regarding potential issues with the just-lapsed federal taxes on air travel as well as steps they can take to safeguard their interests.
ASTA has announced its election results. Elected national directors-at-large who will serve for a two-year term are Lois Howes; John I. Lovell, CTC; Scott Pinheiro; and Karl Rosen, all elected to their first two-year term; and Nina Meyer, CTC, MCC, DS, elected to her second two-year term. National directors serving the second year of their two-year terms are Susan H. Aft, ACC; Laura Rodriguez-Verbera; Chris Russo; and Carol Wagner.