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On June 4, in conjunction with the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), more than 160 travel agency executives and industry advocates converged in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 ASTA Legislative Day. The members-only event was connected to the broader ASTA Capitol Summit event that takes travel industry leaders directly to members of Congress to discuss issues that impact their business, work life and clients’ travel experiences.
During some 150 House and Senate congressional meetings, advisors discussed topics such as industry education, bolstering funding for TSA and independent contractor harmonization.
“In politics, you face a choice: Engage in the process, or put your head in the sand, leave the field to the opposition, and hope for the best,” said Zane Kerby, president and CEO of ASTA. “ASTA and our members choose to engage, both in D.C. and in the states, and we have a series of wins to show for it. Legislative Day is the most important part of that engagement. According to the Congressional Management Foundation, an in-person visit from a constituent is rated by congressional offices as the most effective way to influence a member of Congress.”
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