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ASTA debuts enhanced “Becoming a Travel Agent” guide

Travel agents are among the happiest professionals in the United States as it turns out, a statement supported by a recent survey showing that 93% of ASTA travel agent members are happy in their current position, with another 78% saying they intend continue their career as travel agents.

ALEXANDRIA – For those looking to find their own bliss in the travel agency industry, ASTA has completed an extensive update to its popular guide, “Becoming a Travel Agent.” Sponsored by Sabre Travel Network, this guide provides inside information about the travel agency industry, as well as a host of resources to help those interested in becoming a travel agent begin their careers.
 
As a travel agent myself, I know the tremendous rewards that come with the job. The opportunity to assist others in discovering the world around them and making their travel dreams a reality is deeply gratifying,” said Nina Meyer, ASTA president and chair. “As the leading travel agency association, part of ASTA’s mission is to see that the industry continues to grow and prosper and as such, it’s vital that we continue to attract new entrants.”
 
The travel industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic industries around today,” said Chris Kroeger, senior vice president – Sabre Travel Network. “We are proud to partner with ASTA on this updated employment guide for potential travel agents. Sabre is committed to growing travel and tourism, and this is a great way to promote the travel industry, support travel agencies looking for great talent and help new entrants achieve a fulfilling career.”
 
This new edition of the “Becoming a Travel Agent” guide features updated industry statistics, as well as sections on: various travel agency industry business models (traditional, online, independent and Travel Management Company), the size and scope of the U.S. travel agency industry, travel agent salary data, agency revenue models, information on the Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and obtaining an ARC airline appointment, travel agency and non-air business numbers, credentialing, state regulation of travel sellers, travel distribution systems, a comprehensive listing of resources and a glossary of terms. Also included is information on where prospective agents can obtain training, travel agent testing and certifications, as well as what scholarships are available to them.

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