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Fiesta in the Desert XVII: Discover the World of Travel — Agent Travel & Tradeshow

Fiesta in the Desert XII has been rescheduled to July 16th & 17th 2021

As your industry leader, we deeply value our relationship and are very much concerned with the safety of our suppliers and fellow agents. Arizona ASTA hopes everyone and their families are doing well during these unprecedented times.

We truly thank all of our suppliers who responded to the questionnaire regarding participation in Fiesta in the Desert and appreciate all of the heartfelt and constructive comments. In light of the total disruption caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic, social distancing requirements, and the traditional format for our Tradeshow and Conference, the board has sadly decided to cancel this year’s event and reschedule for the summer of 2021. The venue has been working with us to seamlessly transition the programming.

We will be sending out registration information in the near future.

In the meantime, we will be conducting webinars and workshops as soon as reasonably possible. Details will follow.

Watch this space!

Dada Wins as Top Chapter President

August 30, 2020

The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) recognized the best of the best in the travel industry during its first-ever virtual convention, ASTA Global Live (AGL), which ran from August 25-28. Leila Dada, Arizona Chapter President, was chosen as ASTA Chapter President of the YearRead more…

PHX Explore Art and Science at Home

April 20, 2020 — Phoenix Airport Museum

Although the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) public airport tours have been suspended, one can still learn from Phoenix Airport Museum’s exhibitions on the internet. The Museum’s current exhibition titled, Art on a Cellular Level, which blends art and science, has an educational resource available. Geared for interaction with students of all ages to support the understanding between art and science, the educational resources include questions and activities to promote observation and curiosity.Read more from Phoenix Airport Museum…

Coronavirus Resources

March 20, 2020

With all of the stories in the news media, day after day, about the latest disruptions to travel resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), or perhaps more accurately, from the fear of the coronavirus, our mission to promote and defend our members in the travel advisor community is unwavering.Read more…

Travel Advisors Become Real Stars During Virus Crisis

March 20, 2020 — SmartBrief

Travel advisors are personal-service experts and crisis management pros, two skills among many that have been highlighted as the coronavirus crisis continues -- and for which customers are enormously grateful. “We are doing everything we can for our clients, regardless of our losses. That’s our job. That’s what we are here for. Arguably most importantly, we’re answering our phone,” Hannah Nowicki writes.Read more from Travel Pulse…

ASTA Publishes REAL ID Member Toolkit

February 26, 2020 — ASTA Member Alert

Starting on October 1, 2020 travelers who want to use a state-issued driver’s license at airport checkpoints must ensure that it is REAL ID-compliant, which means it is marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. There are clear signs that the traveling public is not prepared for this deadline, and that millions of travelers are at risk of being turned away at checkpoints a little more than eight months from today. As an industry, our goal should be that no travel advisor client is prevented from boarding a plane due to a lack of familiarity with the REAL ID requirements. To help prevent disruption for your clients, ASTA has created a REAL ID toolkit for members, which includes an ASTA-branded fact sheet, social media guide, sample disclaimer language and other resources. Take a look!Read more from ASTA Member Alert…