Agents under 40 take note: ASTA’s Young Professionals Society wants
The group, which was officially created earlier this year, aims
to focus on the professional development needs specific to agents
under age 40.
“It’s really about education and networking,” said the society’s
chairperson Kari Thomas of Will Travel in Langhorne, Pa. “But we
want to get them excited about being an agent, and bring other
At ASTA’s 2003 World Travel Congress in October, the Young
Professional Society plans to hold seminars and a general session
specifically for younger agents, in addition to the event’s general
ASTA doesn’t keep track of members’ ages, so there’s no way to
know the number of agents under 40. But the society has about 100
members so far. There’s no additional fee for membership.
Agent Lynda Burruss, vice president of ASTA’s Southern
California chapter and a member of the society’s board, urged
younger agents to get more involved in ASTA.
“It’s not the same ASTA as 15 years ago, or even five years
ago,” said Burruss. “It’s changing, just as the industry is
changing, and you want to be a part of that.”
ASTA membership: 800-440-2782.