Alexandria, VA, March 18, 2015 – The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) will present Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus Co-Chairman Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) with its 2015 Global Travel Advocate Award this evening at a reception in the Capitol Building to kick off ASTA’s Second Annual Legislative Day.
"Through his longtime leadership of the Travel and Tourism Caucus, Sam Farr has championed a number of issues important to travel agents and the broader travel and tourism industry, from mitigating the impact of cuts to federal travel budgets to reauthorizing Brand USA to opening the Cuba market to more U.S. travelers and travel service providers,” said ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby. “We can think of no one more deserving of this award than Congressman Farr, and are pleased to kick off our 2015 advocacy campaign by recognizing those who fight for the issues important to ASTA and our members."
"The travel industry is vital to our economy; supporting jobs in every community across our country," said Farr. "Travel agents play an important role in the industry’s success by providing the information and expertise necessary to plan a trip for American families and businesses. I am grateful to receive this honor from ASTA and look forward to our continued friendship as we promote the wonderful work they do."
On March 19, about 50 ASTA members will meet face-to-face with their representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to discuss legislative priorities impacting travel, travel agents and agency owners. These will include issues such as opening travel for all Americans to Cuba, ending discriminatory state taxes on rental cars, ensuring transparent airfares and allowing full access to agents and consumers of airline ancillary services.
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.