ASTA ‘Becoming a Travel Agent’ Webinar Kicks Off

In a timely effort to address one of the key industry problems - the shortage of new agents - ASTA’s Young Professionals Society (YPS) is launching a new Webinar series to provide career development resources for its members, as well as for young professionals considering a career in travel.

The series kicks off with ‘Becoming a Travel Agent’ (March 3, 2 p.m. EST), a panel discussion moderated by YPS Chair Jason Coleman, (Jason Coleman, Inc.) and featuring fellow YPS members Robbi Hamida, (Nexion) and Samira Platter (Travel Partners), discussing how they became involved in the exciting and fast-paced world of a professional travel agent. 

During the Webinar, which is open to anyone interested in a career in travel, Coleman will share highlights from ASTA’s educational guide, Becoming a Travel Agent, sponsored by Sabre Travel Network.

“I’m very excited to launch this new series for our YPS members and future travel professionals” said Coleman. “One of our goals for 2010 is to highlight successful young travel agents in an effort to promote the industry as a thriving career path. YPS is the new breed of travel agents, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to add our voice to the industry dialogue.”

The full roster of YPS Webinars for 2010 is as follows:

*    Today's GDS -- It's Not Your Grandma's CRS (April 7)
*    The In's and Out's of Host Agencies (May 5)
*    Making Cruising Work for You (June 9)
*    Hardware, Cloud Computing, and Apps...Oh My! (July 7)
*    Your Office at Home (August 4)
*    The Evolution of Social Media (September 1)
*    Making a Living in the Travel Industry (October 6)
*    Connecting with the Travel Industry (November 3)
*    Your Relationship With Suppliers (December 1)

Each Webinar will be moderated by Coleman and will include YPS members as panelists and co-presenters. Each Webinar, or portions thereof, will be available for viewing on the YPS YouTube channel, to be launched this Spring.

Becoming a Travel Agent is a comprehensive, 25-page booklet that teaches about the travel industry in general and the specifics on beginning a satisfying career as a professional travel agent. To order for only $9.95, visit

For additional information contact ASTA’s YPS program at [email protected] or visit

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