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Trade Associations & Partners

Because business is about relationships, knowing where to seek advice, where to get legal support, where to find marketing support, and the myriad of other information that helps businesses grow is important. With this in mind, we seek out organizations that do just that.

Below are some of the travel industry associations we feel are advocates not just for us, but for you as well.

ARC Agency Accreditation (ticketing)
A community of travel agencies that issue air, rail, and bus tickets through ARC’s world class settlement system, ARC Agency Accreditation (ticketing) allows agencies to ticket directly on over 180 carriers worldwide, and have full access to all ARC products and services, including the ARC Travel Agency Service Fee product. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. accepts ARC Numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted to ARC agencies.
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Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA)
Established in 1977, ACTA is an industry-led, non-profit, membership based national trade association representing the retail travel sector of Canada's tourism industry. Members include retail travel agencies and suppliers such as tour operators, travel wholesalers, airlines, hotels, destination marketing organizations, cruise and rail lines, and automobile rental companies. ACTArepresent the interests of Canadian travelers through approximately 3,000 members employing 14,000 travel professionals. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is proud to be the ACTA hotel partner.
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Association of Retail Travel Agents(ARTA)
Founded in 1963, the Association of Retail Travel Agents is the largest non-profit association in North America that represents travel agents exclusively. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, ARTA has always been at the forefront of industry changes that have strengthened the agency community and is the strategic partner of Canadian-based ARTA Canada.
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ASAE represents more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. ASAE members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.
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The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
The leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public, and the largest association of travel professionals worldwide, the American Society of Travel Agents’ mission is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., is a proud partner of ASTA at the Platinum Level.
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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Cruise Lines International Association is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. More than 16,000 travel agencies are affiliated with CLIA and display the CLIA seal. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., accepts CLIA numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted to CLIA members.
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Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP)
Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) is an individual membership association for meeting planners employed within the insurance and financial services industry. The association exists to provide high-quality information, education and networking to financial and insurance meeting professionals, increasing their success and strategic value within their companies and in their careers. FICP maintains a close relationship with hospitality partners who serve our industry and uniquely provides a balanced planner-to-hospitality partner ratio to maximize the intimacy and relationship building within our business environment.
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The Global Business Travel Association(GBTA)
The Global Business Travel Association(GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy.
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International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) promotes the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together such as road shows, conferences with an exhibition component, and proprietary corporate exhibitions. IAEE is the principle resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry. Founded in 1928, IAEE is composed of approximately 1,300 members (organizations) and over 8,000 member representatives (individuals).
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Meeting Professionals International
Meeting Professionals International,the premier global association community for meeting and event professionals, believes in the unequalled power of events and human connections to advance organizational objectives. MPI—founded in 1972—believes that meeting and event planners serve a critical role in the success of business, and is committed to giving its members the very best in professional development, business opportunities and a vibrant industry community. MPI has more than 21,000 members, representing 86 countries, from 71 clubs & chapters
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National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA)
The National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents is the travel industry's leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales agents, cruise and tour-oriented agents. NACTA is an affiliate of ASTA, the largest association representing travel agents in the world. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., accepts the NACTA credentials and pays full commission with no fees deducted to NACTA members.
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National Tour Association (NTA)
The National Tour Association is a trade organization of thousands of tourism professionals involved in the growth and development of the packaged travel industry. NTA is committed to providing business opportunities and professional education in an environment where members can foster relationships with one another.
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Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN)
The Outside Sales Support Network's mission is to provide members with every possible tool and unlimited travel agent training to help their business succeed in today's new travel environment. Memberscan choose from a variety of educational programs and networking communication platforms, allowing them a professional forum to help ensure the success of their travel agent business. Founded in 1990, OSSN now has over 80 Chapters with more than 8,000 members and 160 Allied Supplier Members.
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The Professional Convention Management Association(PCMA)
The Professional Convention Management Association(PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
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Site is a global network of meetings and event professionals dedicated to delivering business results. Site is the only global authority connecting motivational experiences with business results. The network of Site professionals brings best-in-class solutions, insights and global connections to maximize the business impact of motivational experiences regardless of industry, region or culture. Site serves as the source of expertise, knowledge and personal connections that will catapult and sustain professional growth, and help build the value of extraordinary motivational experiences worldwide.
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The ARC VTC Program
The ARC Verified Travel Consultant Program is the fastest growing community of travel agencies that have established their own identity in the industry by leveraging the revenue generating products and services ARC provides. With their own unique ARC Number, access to Travel Agency Service Fee products, and more, VTCs are able to build strong travel businesses and direct relationships with national suppliers. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. accepts VTC agency ARC Numbers and pays full commission with no fees deducted to the ARC VTCs.
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The Travel Institute
Established in 1964, The Travel Institute serves as a community of knowledge and insight for all travel professionals. Through innovative education programs, professional certifications and customized learning solutions, The Institute fulfills its non-profit mission to promote a standard of industry knowledge and excellence.
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The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA)
The United States Tour Operators Association, USTOA, is a professional association representing the tour operator industry. USTOA is composed of companies whose tours and packages encompass the entire globe and who conduct business in the U.S. USTOA members number among the top names in travel and represent the entire spectrum of vacation packages and tours available today.
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U.S. Travel Association
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $704 billion travel industry. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
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