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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at ASTA’s Global Convention

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York will address attendees in the closing session at ASTA’s Global Convention in Miami, FL Sept 17 to 19, 2013. This year marks a new vision for the convention with a format that will deliver education for agents in technology, marketing and sales. 
“We are very excited to welcome such a prominent speaker to ASTA’s Global Convention,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA president and CEO.
Secretary Clinton will address attendees during the closing General Session on Sept. 19, at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.

The keynote address from Secretary Clinton will be an exciting opportunity for all ASTA convention attendees.
“Our job at ASTA is to help travel agents win and retain more business. The new convention format re-emphasizes the educational nature of our association,” Kerby said. “The world is changing rapidly and we are here to arm agents with tools to compete.”
The convention will also feature educational opportunities for all of ASTA’s shared interest groups. Examples include the Hispanic Caucus, Chapters Network, Young Professionals Society (YPS), ASTA Premium Members, Cruise Specialists, Tour Operator Program and Allied Member sessions. Enhanced education designed for experienced agents, owners, managers and executives of travel companies will feature content not available at other shows.
New features of the convention include a General Session Luncheon, Opening Night event at the Miami Bayside Marketplace, and Golf Tournament. Due to venue constraints, this year’s tradeshow will be physically smaller but offer more value to participating suppliers who can anticipate meeting many more qualified agents. In addition, an innovations competition will feature suppliers bringing new products and services to market.
Always a special feature of the convention, ASTA’s signature Black Tie event “The Advocacy Dinner” will be Sept. 18 where once again the industry will celebrate our important policy achievements of the last year. ASTA's current initiatives for travel agents and for the traveling public indicate a promising future for agents and for the Society.
The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.