Alexandria, VA, October 31, 2016 – Carnival Cruise Line highlighting the value of the American Society of Travel Agents’ (ASTA) role as the national trade association for the travel agency community, Carnival Cruise line is making it easier than ever for agents to join by sponsoring $10,000 in ASTA membership dues. By sponsoring ASTA memberships, Carnival will create an easy way for agents to receive the advocacy, consumer awareness, professional development and other benefits of ASTA membership.
“By creating new pathways for more travel agents to join ASTA, Carnival is supporting our industry at the highest level,” said Zane Kerby, President and CEO of ASTA. “When more travel agents join their national trade association, our voice becomes stronger, and we want to thank Carnival for their ongoing commitment to the travel agency community as well as all the work they do to help travel agents create memorable experiences for their clients.”
“We are extremely honored to partner with ASTA and NACTA in growing and maintaining their membership base,” said Mike Julius, CTC, Vice President – U.S Field Sales for Carnival. “The work these two organizations do for our industry is invaluable. Carnival Cruise Line is proud to partner with both of them.”
ASTA will continue to work alongside our industry suppliers to create membership programs to enhance the supplier-agent relationship, making sure that all agents can have access to ASTA’s network of resources and benefits.
Today’s announcement builds on Carnival’s recent record of support for ASTA and the agency community. Earlier this year Carnival Corporation funded ASTA’s independent study, “Best of Both Worlds: Quantifying How Travel Agents Save Consumers Time and Money”. Detailed findings of the study, conducted by TNS Global, is available on asta.org.
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.