February 2017 News

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Dear Chapter Members,


The SoCal ASTA Diamond Awards will be held April 25, 2017 – please make your nominations now or by March 7th at midnight.

Go to http://www.socalasta.us/diamond-awards/

The purpose of Diamond Awards is to recognize and honor professionals and other entities who have made outstanding, unique, lasting, and extraordinary contributions to the travel industry. Recipients will have set the bar for excellence representing the vision and values of SoCalASTA. The Diamond Awards will include honorees whose significant contribution has changed the travel industry in a positive manner.

Previous Diamond Awards Recipients:

Matthew Upchurch, Edie Rodriguez, Miriam Rand, Jerry Healy, Michelle Morgan, Signature, Ken Shapiro, TravelAge West, The Orens Family of Plaza Travel, The McClure Family of Montrose Travel, Randy Garfield, CTC, President Walt Disney Travel Company, Wido Schaeffer, Vicki L. Freed, Ed & Lynn Hogan, Dr. Marc Mancini, Joseph A. Watters, Jimmy Murphy, Susan D. Tanzman and Henry Miele.

Please click here to  or go to SoCalASTA.com to Nominate your candidates.

Winners will be announced April 25th at the Diamond Awards.  Specific details, sponsorship and tickets for the event will be available at www.socalasta.com on March 8th.

Mark your calendars April 18th SoCal ASTA Legislative Day in Sacramento, and August 10th for the Luxury Show, Symposium and Wine Tasting. Details at socalasta.com.

The SoCal ASTA Chapter Board of Directors voted unanimously to support education and promote professionalism by awarding full scholarships to active members who wish to earn their certified designation from The Travel Institute for CTA, CTC or CTIE. Some restrictions apply and there is a limited number available.

Applications Must Be Submitted Before March 31, 2017


Go to http://www.thetravelinstitute.com/socal-asta/

Now is the time to get your industry recognized credentials.  You’re good at what you do, but do potential customers know it?  Do suppliers know it? Do your peers know it when you are at industry events?

The CTACTC, and CTIE programs help passionate career-minded people learn how to become better businessmen and women and advance the value and understanding of a true travel professional.  It is more than placing letters after your name.  Becoming certified by The Travel Institute makes a statement about who you are and the commitment you have made to your career.

Customers like dealing with an industry recognized professional, and your certification will let them know you are serious about what you do.

Thank you for your continued support of SoCal ASTA.

Very best wishes,

Pamela Irwin, CTC – Your Immediate Past SoCal ASTA Chapter President and

Tama Holve – New Chapter President,

Patty Thorington – Vice President and Rhonda Shumway – Secretary

P.S. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to assist us with our SoCal ASTA chapter. We would love to have you on our team.

Please support all of the suppliers that support our SoCal ASTA chapter.  They are all listed on our website and at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you have any questions, please let us know or call the ASTA Membership Department at 800.ASK.ASTA or email askasta@asta.org.

Upcoming SoCal ASTA Events and Seminar

California ASTA Chapters join CCTO in Sacramento – April 18, 2017

SoCal ASTA Diamond Awards April 25, 2017 Beverly Hills Hotel

SoCal ASTA Luxury Travel Showcase and Wine Tasting Event – August  10th, 2017

Upcoming National Events

ASTA Capitol Summit June 4 – 7, 2017 Washington DC

ASTA/NACTA Showcase, Nassau Bahamas, Jun 21-24

ASTA Global Convention, San Diego CA, Aug 25-29 

NACTA Annual Conference, Anchorage AK, Sep 13-16

ASTA China Summit November 8-12, 2017 Guiyang, Guizhou China

To Join ASTA and SoCalASTA,

Please click on one of the links below: 






Chapter News – Save The Dates June 15th and August 16th

A lot has been going on lately with your SoCal ASTA Chapter and ASTA National.

Our Millennials and Mentors event was a huge success and information about our June event will be sent to you shortly.

Many SoCal ASTA members went to Sacramento to lobby on behalf of Travel Agents and the traveling public.IMG_4437

SAVE THE DATE – TUESDAY AUGUST 16TH, for the SoCal ASTA Luxury Showcase, Symposium and Wine Tasting event. Suppliers that would like to exhibit can sign up by clicking here.

ASTA’s Maui 2016 event was excellent and educational.  ASTA is looking at the Bahama’s for 2017.

ASTA Destination Expo (ADE) attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for one half day sightseeing tour (either on June 2 or 4) and one full day sightseeing tour on June 5.  Be sure to sign up now in the Attendee Service Center, where you can also sign up for special events. It’s not too late to attend. Our chapter has one complimentary registration available.  Let us know by May 26th if you are interested in attending.

There are several special events (listed below) that must be signed up for in advance.

  • Site Inspection of CroisiEurope’s Belle de Cadix, Thursday, June 2, 2-4pm: Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to visit the only ship able to navigate on both river and ocean sailing on the Guadalquivir and Guadiana rivers and enjoy a cocktail reception onboard. Ship will be docked at Muelle de las Delicias.
  • Tapas Tour, June 3, 9-11:30pm: After our evening event on Friday, June 3, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a self-guided tapas tour through Seville. This delicious tour costs $35 and includes tickets for 3 tapas and 3 drinks to be used/accepted at numerous bars throughout the city, a city map of the bar locations and descriptions, along with contact numbers for the tour coordinators in the area in case you need guidance.  

Innovation, project management & staying relevant in the ever changing travel world.

Upcoming ASTA Events

We hope you’ll join us at one of our upcoming shows!

–       ASTA Destination Expo – June 2-5, 2016: There are already over 100 registered attendees signed up for next year’s ADE in Seville, Spain! Nothing beats actually being there. Register here.

–       ASTA Global Convention – September 25-28, 2016: Laugh at midnight, dance ’til dawn. Reno Tahoe has all the excitement you can imagine. Register here.

Kind regards,

Pamela Irwin , CTC, Chapter President

Upcoming Webinars from ASTA Headquarters

Webinar – ZIKA Virus – What Travel Agents Needs to Know | March 8, 2015

Webinar – Becoming a Travel Agent – A Great Career Choice| March 24, 2015

Webinar – Scenic Eclipse – World’s First Luxury Discovery Yacht| May 17, 2015

Recent ASTA Member Alerts & Press Releases

ASTA, ITN Productions Launch ‘Travel Agents Taking Off’ News Program |May 6, 2016

New Study Finds Travel Agents Save Consumers an Average of $452 Per Trip |May 2, 2016

ASTA Launches ‘Becoming a Travel Agent’ Course |April 29, 2016

ASTA Asks Disney Cruise Line to Reconsider Commission Cap |April 15, 2016

AMG Supports National Trade Association with Reduced Membership |April 14, 2016

Leisure Travel Alliance Offers Members Special Deal to Join ASTA |April 11, 2016