Alexandria, VA, March 17, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has added a seat designated for a Consortium Member to highlight the significant and growing contribution these members make to the association.
“Our consortia members have really stepped up their commitment by either mandating or subsidizing membership in ASTA for their own members,” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “They realize that a stronger national trade association representing travel agents benefits the entire community of agents and we are grateful for their continued support.”
The Board voted to add the seat at its meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, at ASTA Destination Expo, held Feb. 26-March 1. To be eligible to hold the seat, the member must belong to a consortium that either mandates membership in ASTA, or fully subsidizes membership for its members. Currently, the only consortium that satisfies the criteria as now written into the bylaws is Signature Travel Network.
The consortium member position will be filled by rotation every two years in the order in which the consortium members qualified for membership. All directors serve from the end of the ASTA annual fall meeting in the year of his or her election until the end of the ASTA annual fall meeting two years later, or until a successor is elected or qualifies.
The ASTA Board of Directors has nine Directors-at-Large; three Directors selected by the Chapter Presidents Council; one chair of the International Chapter Presidents Council; one Director elected by NACTA; two directors selected by the ASTA Corporate Advisory Committee; and one Consortium Member. The CEO is a Director ex officio.
ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally based members, it is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information, visit ASTA.org.
ASTA’s sister association, The National Association of Career Travel Agents, represents a professional community of independent travel agents ready to assist the traveling public.