Tony Gonchar, ASTA CEO, praised steps taken today by President Barak Obama to elevate travel and tourism to a fuller role in rebuilding the United States economy.
ASTA has filed comments with the Department Transportation (DOT) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Accessibility of Web Sites and Automated Kiosks at U.S. Airports,” which addresses the issue of making websites accessible for people with disabilities.
ASTA released the results of its exclusive 2011 Technology and Web Usage Report, which found that a substantial number of travel agents are using elements of Web 2.0 to enhance their networking and marketing efforts.
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience two of Lima’s most iconic venues during the course of ASTA’s one-of-a-kind International Destination Expo (IDE) (March 1-4, 2012), showcasing the cuisine and culture of this year’s host city, Lima, Peru.
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.