ASTA is committed to providing all attendees with a safe experience during our in-person events. As of October 1st, 2021, ASTA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend our events. Proof of vaccination will be collected upon arrival to the event venue. Please email meetings@asta.org with any questions regarding this policy. By registering for an ASTA Event, attendees will be asked to agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth by ASTA.

Upcoming ASTA Educational Journeys

 

7-Day Enchanting Italy: The Dream of Tuscany Experience 

October 16 - 22, 2021
This is the ultimate in luxury experience through enchanting Italy! Imagine waking up to breathtaking views of the Tuscan Hills and Chianti countryside, discovering wine from the most famous wine region in the world, tasting (and making) extraordinary and fresh cuisine, visiting the artistic city of Florence, seeing the architectural phenomenon of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and so much more. Fall in love with the region that only songs and poetry could be written about!  Rates start at $2,650/person double occupancy for ASTA members and space is limited. Learn more » Sold out!

Hawaii: Ka'anapali Beach Resort 
October 17-23, 2021
Thank you for your interest in joining ASTA and the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association for this immersive Educational Journey in beautiful Maui. This safely organized FAM will offer overnight accommodations, hotel site inspections, transfers, fun, and more! For more information on this opportunity including costs, guests, and more click here.  Applications are closed!

Classic Romania: Dracula Tour of Transylvania 
October 26 - November 2, 2021
If you are a Halloween enthusiast, this will be the FAM you cannot miss. Imagine visiting Dracula's Castle on Halloween and taking part in a Halloween Party in a surprise location in the Old Town of Brasov. Enjoy the remarkable essence of Romania, one of the most beautiful countries in Southeastern Europe. During this FAM, presented and hosted by Click2Travel, you'll visit the famous region of Transylvania. Learn more » Registration is closed.

ASTA Destination Showcase - Savannah 
November 14 - 16, 2021
Discover the well-preserved architecture, beautiful coastal landscapes, and charm of Savannah, GA. Learn more »

ASTA Global River Cruise Expo - Budapest, Hungary 
March 16 - 20, 2022
This inaugural event is bringing together our River Cruise partners from all over the world in one place to showcase the latest and greatest in their fleets for ASTA members. If you currently sell river cruises or are interested in starting to, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet with the top River Cruise brands and tour their ships. Learn more »



Updated: September 14, 2021

Must Know Information
Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend any ASTA events. Proof of vaccination will be collected upon arrival at the event venue. A clear photo of your vaccination card is acceptable. 

- One is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
- ASTA anticipates following CDC guidance with respect to vaccine boosters. Please note that currently, the CDC recommends that a booster shot be obtained within eight months of initial vaccination for both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients.
- Exceptions to the vaccine requirement will be permitted for those with a medical condition that renders it inadvisable to be vaccinated against COVID.  In such a case, in lieu of proof of vaccination, we will require proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours prior to the start of the event. A letter from a medical professional, attesting to the nature of the condition and providing contact information so verification can be made, must be submitted to ASTA via email to meetings@asta.org in advance.
- Individuals who are unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination on site or satisfy the requirements for the exception described above will not be permitted to attend the event.

With the exception of eating, drinking or swimming, the wearing of masks is mandatory at all times during ASTA-sponsored events. This is inclusive of registration, sessions, receptions, tours and tradeshow (where applicable). Depending on the location of the Educational Journey, we require ASTA members to follow mask mandate regulations in place. 

Although obtaining a COVID-19 test prior to the event is not required to attend if you are fully vaccinated, we respectfully encourage it in the interest of the health and safety of the attending travel advisors and our staff. Please note: COVID-19 testing requirements differ based on the location you are traveling. You must adhere to any testing guidelines in place. 
 
Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the three months prior to the event should not attend an ASTA event in-person unless he/she has been cleared for travel by a health care provider.

All attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver during registration or prior to attending. 
 
We strongly urge all attendees to adhere to the recommended safety protocols, including frequent handwashing and maintaining a six-foot distance from other attendees. Feel free to give as many air high-fives and waves as you want!

Posting photos or videos on social media is a great way to show your audience how to safely travel! If you document any part of your journey to, during, and from any of ASTA’s events, please make sure your social media posts reflect that you are observing health and safety practices such as social distancing and wearing a mask.
 


Past Educational Journeys Include:

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia (June 2021)
  • Los Cabos (April & July 2021)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 2021)
  • Anchorage, Alaska (March 2021)
  • Los Cabos (February 2021)
  • Costa Rica (December 2020)
  • Turkey: 7-Days of Stunning Landscapes & History (March 2020)
  • AmaMora Christmas Markets on the Rhine from AmaWaterways (December 2019)
  • Escorted Tour of the Golden Land of Myanmar (8-day) (June 2019)
  • Australia & Indonesian Voyage OnBoard the Azamara Quest (14-Night)
  • Ireland (7-Nights)
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    Charming Vietnam: 10-Days of Immersive Exploring the Natural Wonders 

    May 13 - 23, 2020 (Departing on May 24th) *NEW DATES*
    This customized Educational Journey is bringing business and immersive education together in the charming country of Vietnam. You'll visit the top destinations and attractions your clients are requesting, like the city of Hanoi, the UNESCO World Heritage site Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. During this journey, we'll be taking part of the Vietnam International Travel Market (VITM) and have the opportunity to meet and network with the top tourism officials in this dynamic country. Rates start at $599 per person double occupancy.  Learn more >>

    Charming Vietnam: 10-Days of Immersive Exploring the Natural Wonders 

    May 13 - 23, 2020 (Departing on May 24th) *NEW DATES*
    This customized Educational Journey is bringing business and immersive education together in the charming country of Vietnam. You'll visit the top destinations and attractions your clients are requesting, like the city of Hanoi, the UNESCO World Heritage site Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. During this journey, we'll be taking part of the Vietnam International Travel Market (VITM) and have the opportunity to meet and network with the top tourism officials in this dynamic country. Rates start at $599 per person double occupancy.  Learn more »

    Charming Vietnam: 10-Days of Immersive Exploring the Natural Wonders 

    May 13 - 23, 2020 (Departing on May 24th) *NEW DATES*
    This customized Educational Journey is bringing business and immersive education together in the charming country of Vietnam. You'll visit the top destinations and attractions your clients are requesting, like the city of Hanoi, the UNESCO World Heritage site Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Da Nang, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. During this journey, we'll be taking part of the Vietnam International Travel Market (VITM) and have the opportunity to meet and network with the top tourism officials in this dynamic country. Rates start at $599 per person double occupancy.  Learn more »

    Who should participate?

    If you are an advisor currently selling a destination and looking to refresh your knowledge or if you are looking to increase your specialization and begin selling a new destination or product you should consider participating.

     

     

    What to expect?

    Educational Journeys are meant to provide advisors with the tools needed to effectively sell new destinations, products, and programs by land or sea. During our journeys, you can expect a fixed itinerary that will allow you to tour the popular and unexpected sites of a destination, visit local hotels, and meet with local suppliers so you can better understand the intangibles and differences to better serve their client needs.

    ASTA’s Educational Journeys

    About ASTA

    ASTA (American Society of Travel Advisors) is the world's largest association of travel advisors. Our members include travel advisors and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. We are the leading advocate for travel advisors the travel industry and the traveling public.

    Space is limited on ASTA’s Educational Journeys. The journeys are open to travel advisor members. Non-member registration includes a one-year membership to ASTA. If you have questions, please email ASTA’s meetings department, at meetings@asta.org.

    Building your travel expertise for a successful future!