Thanks Lindsay for representing the ASTA Greater Seattle Chapter at Legislative Day in Washington, DC!
Have you registered for the Western Washington Destination Showcase for March 17th? If not, you need to do so now, it will be a great event with some great prizes.
For the latest information on the Biden administrations COVID-19 Travel Order, CLICK HERE. The information in the article is for Dues paying ASTA Members only, and can not be published on this site.
As most have heard, the CDC is implementing new testing requirements for all travelers inbound to the United States. To see the details of this new policy on the ASTA website, CLICK HERE to view the article on ASTA's homepage. Please note that the details of the article are password protected for dues paying ASTA Members only.
Please visit www.asta.org often for the most up to date updates.
Here is the public statement from ASTA:
January 13, 2021
Contact: Erika Richter
ASTA Statement on New CDC International Travel Restrictions
Alexandria, VA, January 13, 2021 – Zane Kerby, President & CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), issues the following statement in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement that it will require international inbound airline passengers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure, effective January 26:
“ASTA supports an accurate, rapid-response testing regime for airline travelers in lieu of mandatory quarantines and travel bans. However, requiring a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure will not ensure that COVID-19 will not spread. It is very possible to be infected within 72 hours of having received a negative test result. As the CDC has already acknowledged, on its own, the new testing regulation will not halt the virus’ spread due to lag time between test and flight, incubation period, and false positives.
"Implementing such a requirement without a rapid-response, reliable test threatens to create a logistical crisis. When travelers are stranded because they are unable to obtain an in-destination test in time for departure (if at all), this will set off a domino effect throughout the supply chain - stranded passengers missed connections, and canceled flights. The inability to procure a test and the uncertainty of being stranded will cause many travelers to postpone plans, resulting in further mental, emotional, and economic harm. At the least, the CDC should communicate its list of exempted destinations so that travel advisors and consumers can make informed decisions regarding their travel plans.
“Additionally, now that vaccines are available, we have a solution to ensure that travelers are protected. ASTA remains committed to advocating for more resources for vaccine distribution, increasing the capacity and timeliness of testing in our own backyard, and a federal mandate requiring masks in all public places.
“The CDC Director has said that wearing a mask is the single most important step you can take to protect yourself from the virus. This is why we have called on the incoming Biden Administration to require passengers to wear masks on all flights, foreign and domestic. Requiring virus testing when the global infrastructure to perform testing doesn’t exist will strain the travel economy further without addressing the problem at hand."##
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.
As many of you have heard, the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is proposing to increase Seller of Travel fees, effective November 2020. The fees will be increased by 25% from $202 to $258 annually.
While the dollar amount may be small, the percentage is not, and the increase couldn't come at a worse time for our industry. According to ASTA's research, more than 70% of US travel agencies will be out of business within six months in the absence of meaningful relief from the government.
Instead of relief, we get this fee increase - insult on top of injury. If anything, the state should be reducing or waiving fees and otherwise providing support to businesses in industries crippled by the pandemic.
We are asking that you take two minutes out of your day to contact your state legislators through THIS LINK and them them to force DOL to back off this increase.
Your ASTA Greater Seattle Board
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