MIAMI – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) have teamed up to strengthen the relationship between travel advisors and the region.
Vanessa Ledesma, Acting CEO and Director General of CHTA, sees great value in the networking opportunity, noting that travel advisors represent a valuable untapped channel for growth: “This is an enormously smart partnership, which gives our members direct access to ASTA, the leading trade association for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public.”
She added: “We are seeing an increasing trend in travelers’ booking behavior, in that they are relying on travel advisors more and more to help them make decisions. This trend gives CHTA members further opportunity to connect with more clients.”
Under the agreement, CHTA members will be offered a 50-percent discount to join ASTA, available through mid-July.
“We are excited to announce this partnership between the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA),” said Christina Salu, Membership Director of ASTA. “Our job is to help generate new business leads and B2B opportunities – helping to expand your reach and increase tourism to the Caribbean. With over 13,000 members and growing, ASTA is the leading trade association for travel advisors, the travel industry, and the traveling public. Our membership represents 80 percent of the travel sold from the U.S. agency industry.
“We not only want to help you understand the U.S. travel market, but we also want to help you build brand awareness and strong partnerships with U.S.-based travel agencies that are looking for trusted suppliers, tour operators and DMCs in the Caribbean,” said Salu.
Ledesma expects a productive partnership for CHTA members aligning with ASTA: “CHTA members will be able to use the ASTA logo, be listed in ASTA’s member directory and their quarterly magazine Travel Advisor, gain access to ASTA’s global network of travel professionals, and benefit from discounts on products and events as well as the use of industry resources to help save time and money.”
In addition to sharing the benefits of critical member news, contacts and industry updates, the two associations will also collaborate on crafting advocacy strategies critical to the speedy and successful return to pre-pandemic levels of business.
“It’s been a rough pandemic for us and for our visitors and we want to make use of our partnership to broaden the reach of our messaging and to strengthen the impact of our Caribbean region promotions to enable a rapid return to normalcy and profitability,” Ledesma added.
Ledesma was upbeat about the newly minted partnership’s potential to jointly identify new business leads and business-to-business opportunities: “CHTA looks forward to helping ASTA and its global network of travel professionals expand their reach into the Caribbean, which obviously is good for us all.”