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ABC Global Services Hits Contribution Goal in Support of Travel Agency Advocacy

Published Monday, May 05, 2014

ASTA and ABC Global Services 

ABC to Make $10,000 Contribution to ASTA Government Affairs Efforts Based on February Bookings

Contacts: Patti Paton (ppaton@abcglobalservices.com) or Jennifer Michels (pr@asta.org)

Boca Raton, FL and Alexandria, VA, May 1, 2014 – ABC Global Services and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) today announced that ABC has achieved its booking goal and will make a $10,000 contribution toward ASTA’s advocacy efforts. In January, ABC and ASTA announced that ABC would pledge up to $10,000 based on agency usage of ABC’s Premier Hotel Program during the month of February.

Eric Altschul, CEO of ABC Global Services, said, “We want to thank all of our existing agency partners for their tremendous support, as well as all the new agencies that signed up with us, allowing us to achieve our goal. ASTA’s advocacy efforts are incredibly important to our industry and make a difference in all of our lives. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s participation.”

In recognition of the broad range of support it received, ABC will be pro-rating the credit for its contribution to each of ASTA’s 26 local chapters across the country, accounting for 25 percent of each chapter’s ASTAPAC fundraising goal.

“Advocating for travel agents and the traveling public at all levels of government and industry is a top priority for ASTA,” said ASTA President & CEO Zane Kerby. “Because of the support of companies like ABC, which recognizes the high value of our advocacy work, we are able to forge ahead with our core mission of promoting and defending the retail distribution channel.”

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 27 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

ABC Global Services is a leading provider of services to the global travel agency community. For more than 35 years ABC has been providing superior hotel programs and business solutions for agencies and travel professionals worldwide. The company leverages its established relationships and buying power with hotels and related suppliers to provide travel professionals with preferred access to superior inventory, rates, amenities, and commissions, which are available through the ABC Premier Hotel Program, Premier Privileges by ABC, Premier Block Space and ezBOOK by ABC.com – the industry’s most complete hotel booking engine. In addition, ABC offers a hotel commission collection service - ABC Global CommissionPro and ABC Global e-Travel Alerts a travel risk management solution.

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 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.

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