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ABC Global Services to Make Significant Investment in Travel Agency Advocacy

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ASTA and ABC Global Services 

Up to $10,000 Pledged to ASTA Government Affairs Efforts Based on February Bookings

Contacts: Patti Paton (ppaton@abcglobalservices.com) or Yolanda Walters (pr@asta.org)

Boca Raton, FL and Alexandria, VA, January 28, 2014 – ABC Global Services and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) today announced an initiative wherein up to $10,000 will be contributed to the Association’s advocacy efforts based on agency usage of ABC’s services. Specifically, during the month of February ABC will donate $0.10 for every ABC rate code booked by its agency customers and $0.20 per ABC booking for all new customers.

Eric Altschul, CEO of ABC Global Services will invite “all of our agency partners to join us in supporting ASTA’s advocacy efforts that are so important to our industry and make a difference in all of our lives. I am certain that our partners will want their voices heard in supporting ASTA and that we will achieve the $10,000 threshold.”

“Advocating for travel agents at all levels of government and industry is job #1 for ASTA” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “We are heartened that ABC recognizes the importance of our work and greatly appreciate this pledge, which will allow us to redouble our efforts to defend and promote the retail distribution channel.”

For more information about ABC’s initiative, click here.

Examples of recent ASTA advocacy successes include fighting for travel agents’ access to real-time “transactable” airline ancillary fees through the GDSs and other channels; opposing job-killing sales tax hikes in 2013 in VA, MN and OH that would have cost agencies $170 million per year in new taxes; and helping to put a new travel insurance regulatory standard into place in 21 states, which will cut licensing costs, red tape and regulatory risk for agents. For more on ASTA advocacy, visit ASTA.org/Advocacy.

About ABC Global Services

With more than 35 years of travel industry leadership, ABC Global Services offers comprehensive hotel solutions in thousands of cities worldwide with unmatched personalized service and support to travel professionals around the world. The company leverages its established relationships and buying power with hotels and related suppliers globally to provide travel professionals with preferred access to superior services, inventory, rates, amenities, and commissions, which are available through the ABC Premier Hotel Program, Premier Privileges by ABC, ABC Premier Block Space and ezBOOK by ABC – the industry’s most complete hotel booking engine.

For more information, visit www.ABCGlobalServices.com or call 1-800-722-5179.

About ASTA

ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States and its membership is growing internationally. ASTA’s history of travel industry advocacy traces back to its founding more than 80 years ago, 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 and home-based agents ready to assist the traveling public.

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