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New-to-industry travel agents have a fresh resource at their disposal: The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has just launched the new Roadmap to Becoming a Travel Advisor course.
ASTA designed the comprehensive online educational offering to promote travel agency careers and help new advisors take their first steps along that business path. The new course is “an extension and revamp” of ASTA’s Career Overview: Becoming a Travel Advisor handbook.
The Roadmap — which was developed by Host Agency Reviews founder Steph Lee — includes a 240-page manual, plus seven instructional videos. It focuses on becoming a frontline advisor (while touching on many career paths and travel agency business models in the industry), providing an in-depth overview of the travel industry and its constituent parts; information on how advisors make money; and tips for finding a job or starting a business.
“As anyone in the industry will tell you, working as a travel advisor is a fun, rewarding and potentially lucrative career path,” said Zane Kerby, president and CEO of ASTA. “With travel growing more complicated in a post-COVID environment and the industry’s recovery underway, now is the perfect time to look at a career as a travel advisor. Our new Roadmap to Becoming a Travel Advisor will help folks get started down this path toward a true dream job.”
Through April 30, ASTA is offering 50% off the program’s base rate of $299. The organization is also working with its industry partners to integrate the Roadmap into pre-existing programs.
“We applaud ASTA for its work in putting together the Roadmap to Becoming a Travel Advisor course, which provides a foundational knowledge base to those wanting to enter the industry and will augment host agencies’ efforts to grow their networks as the travel industry is ready to bounce back,” said Anita Pagliasso, vice president of industry relations at KHM Travel Group and president of the Professional Association of Travel Hosts (PATH). “Agencies of all business models need new blood and are preparing to bring on new advisors in the coming months, so this initiative is perfectly timed.”
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