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ASTA IS ENCOURAGING members looking to help influence the Society’s advocacy efforts to join the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). ASTA’s Corporate Advisory Council (CAC),


dedicated solely to the advancement of the retail travel agency community, embodies ASTA’s mission to promote and defend the retail travel distribution channel. Te CAC takes on a lobbying role, provides leadership and financial support for the industry and speaks on industry issues with one voice through ASTA. Te CAC is comprised of the leaders of the


largest travel agency organizations including consortia, franchise organizations, independent agencies, travel management companies and online travel agencies. Since its formation in 2007, the CAC has contributed more than $900,000 on behalf of the travel industry and


has played an important role in ASTA’s current and ongoing successes. With a goal of building a ‘war chest’ that


exceeds $1 million by the end of 2014, each CAC member contributes annual dues above and beyond their ASTA membership dues. A million dollar support fund means ASTA, with the support of the CAC, will have better political visibility and be better positioned to take on issues that will have a significant economic impact on agents, such as airline ancillary fees, distribution models and travel facilitation. ASTA’s CAC met in May in Washington DC


to set the council’s strategic and advocacy priorities. Te meeting was followed by ASTA’s Legislative Day, which gave all ASTA members an opportunity to meet with their elected representatives and staff. asta.org


CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL


n ADTRAV Travel Management n Altour n Amadeus North America, Inc. n American Express Travel & Lifestyle Services n Balboa Travel, Inc. n Best Travel, Inc. n Carlson Wagonlit Travel n Casto n Christopherson Business Travel n Corporate Travel Management n Corporate Travel Solutions n CTS Systems n Ensemble Travel n Enterprise Holdings n Expedia, Inc. n FC USA, Inc. n Frosch International Travel n Hess Corporate Travel n Hickory Global Partners, LLC n Luxe Travel Management/TSI n Marriott International n Merit Travel Group, Inc. n Nexion, LLC n Omega World Travel n Ovation Travel Group, Inc.


n Plaza Travel n Priceline.com Incorporated n Protravel International n Sabre Travel Network n Signature Travel Network n Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. n Strong Travel Services, Inc. n The Travel Team, Inc/American Express n Travel & Transport, Inc. n Travel Insured International n Travel Leaders Corporate n Travel Leaders Franchise Group n Travel Management Partners, Inc. n Travel Planners International, Inc. n Travelink/American Express n Travelport n TravelStore n Tzell Travel Group n UATP n Uniglobe Travel International n Unique Vacations / Sandals Resorts n Vacation.com n Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. n Virtuoso n Worldview Travel


Join the Corporate Advisory Council


INBRIEF


n SOCIAL MEDIA: ASTA is reminding members to take advantage of its social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter (@ AmSocTrvlAgents), LinkedIn, YouTube and TravelSense. Members are advised to follow each of these pages to get the latest updates on ASTA events and news and to network and connect with other ASTA members.


n ASTAPAC REPORT: ASTAPAC’s first-ever annual report was released earlier this year and includes a detailed breakout of the Political Action Committee’s (PAC) 2013 fundraising and expenditures, as well as a complete listing of the 348 individual ASTA members and member companies who contributed to the PAC. To view the report, visit asta.org/advocacy


n UNDERSTANDING CONSUMERS: ASTA will present a new webinar, Understanding Consumers Who Travel: A Demographic Overview of Known Travelers in the US, on July 17 at 2pm EST. Demographic data from ASTA’s recent Value of Travel Agents consumer study will be presented. asta.org/webinars


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