American Society of Travel Advisors

GBTA Throws Its Lot In With ASTA, Ground Transport Groups To Seek Relief

The Global Business Travel Association lent its support to the American Society of Travel Advisors as industry groups press Washington for financial aid. Some individual entities also are stepping up. Travel and Transport, for example, reached out to federal representatives from a dozen states to explain the dire state of travel management companies. “A tremendous…

Christopherson Business Travel Cuts Half Of Staff As Travel Industry Staggers

Mike and Camille Cameron purchased Utah’s Christopherson Business Travel 30 years ago this month. This week, the company had to dismiss about half of its 270 employees due to the impact of the coronavirus. “As you know, travel bookings are down significantly,” CEO Mike Cameron wrote to clients in a Tuesday letter. “In response, we’ve…

Travel Management Companies Cut Jobs In Face Of Coronavirus Impact On Corporate Travel Demand

Multiple corporate travel agencies said they had made the difficult decision to lay off employees as a result of the coronavirus-related drop in corporate travel. It’s a worst-case scenario mere weeks removed from a years-long phase in which travel management companies struggled to find talent, especially travel agents. TMCs contacted this week by The Company…

How Business Travelers Got Caught Up In Immigration Politics, What Could Be Next And Why GBTA Took A Position Some Didn’t Expect

[UPDATE, July 24, 2020: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would lift the ban on New Yorkers enrolling in or renewing membership for federal trusted traveler programs. In a Thursday statement, DHS explained that New York amended laws to allow federal access to the state’s DMV records as part of a resident’s trusted…

GBTA Supports But U.S. Travel And ASTA Oppose Trump Administration Move To Exclude New York Residents From Trusted Traveler Programs

The Global Business Travel Association expressed support for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to suspend enrollments and renewals in Global Entry and related “trusted traveler” programs for New York state residents. The statement differed from what two other industry groups, the American Society of Travel Advisors and the U.S. Travel Association, had to…

Op Ed: Mark Meader On Real ID’s Looming Deadline

“Real ID” requirements at U.S. airports are now just 11 months off. American Society of Travel Advisors SVP Mark Meader provides the pertinent details and implores the industry to make sure no traveler is caught unaware. Travel management companies, travel managers and the travelers they serve should be aware that the final phase of Real…

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