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Issue: September 21, 2018

  • ASTA chapter representation on national board set for 2018-2019

    At the conclusion of the 2018 ASTA Global Convention in Washington DC, Chris Seddelmeyer of Seddelmeyer Travel Concepts in Lima OH took on the position of Chair of the ASTA Chapter Presidents Council after Steve Powers of Hidden Treasure Tours in New Lebanon NY was elevated to the ASTA Executive Committee holding the position of Treasurer. Steve retains his role as Area Director for the East along with Chris as Area Director for the Central region and Laura Rodriguez of Marina Tours and Travel Arizona LLC, Phoenix AZ as Western region director.

    These three volunteer leaders have been instrumental in the growth and expansion of the ASTA Chapter system, supported by Bob Duglin, ASTA Vice President, International Membership & Expansion overseeing the expansion and chapter revitalization. With the NACTA rebrand to ASTA Small Business Network, ASTA's chapter system now represents 70+ Chapters across the U.S. - bringing ASTA closer to the members.       



  • Travel Headlines

  • How travel agencies avoided extinction and became a luxury service (Vox)

    And according to data from the American Society of Travel Agents, recently rebranded the American Society of Travel Advisors, millennials are more likely than baby boomers or Gen Xers to say that hiring a travel expert was worth it.


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  • DHS steps up Real ID education efforts (Business Travel News)

    U.S. states must issue IDs that comply with federal regulations by Oct. 10, but deadline extensions will prevent issues there, according to Real ID program director Steve Yonkers. The bigger issue is that travelers must have Real IDs in their wallets by Oct. 1, 2020, in order to pass through airport security checkpoints, and many are opting for other kinds of state IDs.


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  • DHS steps up Real ID education efforts (Business Travel News)

    U.S. states must issue IDs that comply with federal regulations by Oct. 10, but deadline extensions will prevent issues there, according to Real ID program director Steve Yonkers. The bigger issue is that travelers must have Real IDs in their wallets by Oct. 1, 2020, in order to pass through airport security checkpoints, and many are opting for other kinds of state IDs.


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  • Survey shows Americans' interest in working with travel advisors (Recommend Magazine)

    Whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, first time overseas or an annual family getaway, travelers want to make the most of out of any trip and are relying on travel agents to ensure that happens.


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  • Industry Insights

  • Delta mulling if group bookings change will be permanent (Travel Weekly)

    Kalpak's frustrations notwithstanding, ASTA senior vice president of industry affairs Mark Meader said the Society hasn't heard any pushback from travel advisors about the Delta change.


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  • Is Mexico safe? Travel agents in Mexico tell us (Travel Pulse)

    Travel agents know the real deal about Mexico. We went right to the source and heard their personal experiences with sending clients to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Cozumel and beyond.


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  • Ground transportation on the cusp of another revolution (PhocusWire)

    Ground transportation of the road variety in the travel industry was once dominated by car rental and highly regulated taxi services. The two operated pretty independently and had their respective markets sown up through a combination of partnerships with airports, airlines, hotels and intermediaries.


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  • Trending with the Traveler

  • The 5 best travel destinations to visit between seasons (GQ Magazine)

    Summer may be the obvious time to go on your epic, no-holds-barred trip of the year, but there can be perks to waiting for shoulder season to go big.


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  • 10 of the best historical walks in the UK: readers' travel tips (The Guardian)

    From a Tolkien trail in Lancashire to Gloucestershire's war poet walks, our tipsters reveal trips through landscapes brimming with history.


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  • Holiday happenings and major milestones ahead for New York City (Travel Pulse)

    The coming holiday season promises to be a wild and wonderful one in New York City, while 2019 is shaping up to be one of the most remarkable in the city's already storied history.


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  • ASTA Spotlight

  • Plans this Winter? Join us on this Magical Christmas Market Cruise FAM

    December 16 – 22, 2018 l 7 Night Cruise

    Cruise from Nuremberg to Vienna onboard the AmaSonata® Cruise Ship and be spellbound by Nuremberg and Regensburg's Christmas Markets.

    In Linz, marvel at the small clay figurines representing the people of a typical village—the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; and while in Vienna, visit four Christmas Markets. Embrace the holiday spirit in Germany and Austria where many Christmas traditions began on this magical journey through time.

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