The American Society of Travel Agents’ Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) elected new leaders to its Executive Committee while the group met at ASTA Global in Reno recently.
Michael Dixon of Travelink, American Express Travel in Nashville, TN, was elected to a two-year term as secretary. Elected chair is Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg of Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. New York, and vice chair Denise Jackson of Balboa Travel, Inc. San Diego.
The CAC is made up of ASTA’s largest travel agency (corporate and leisure), consortia and allied members, with annual travel sales of at least $50 million. The Council works on issues of common interest to the agency community, formulating a strategy to speak with one voice before federal regulators. Additional members include ABC Global Services, Allianz Global Assistance (Allied Member), Avoya, BCD Travel, Brownell, Fox World Travel and Frosch.
Additionally, the CAC voted to renew funding in 2017 for the ASTAPAC Charitable Matching Program, which provides ASTA chapters that reach PAC fundraising goals and high-dollar individual donors with matching funds to the charity of their choice (subject to a cap of $40,000 per year). This program has helped triple PAC fundraising while nearly $130,000 has been donated to worthy charities across the country.
The CAC also voted to again fund ASTA’s participation in a lobbying campaign to standardize state regulation of travel insurance.