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May 14, 2014, Alexandria, Va. - ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) says independent travel consultants have been pulling away from mainstream and mid-market cruise lines to mitigate low cruise fares and non-commissionable fees (NCFs) and, instead, selling all inclusive vacations, luxury and river cruises and flexible, independent travel (FIT) packages.

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May 5, 2014, Alexandria, Va. – There is an evolutionary trend in the travel industry in which increasing numbers of experienced advisors are becoming independent advisors and more small travel agencies are working with host agencies, according to ASTA Small Business Network and ASBN members.

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April 8, 2014, Alexandria, Va. –ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) will customize this year’s conference program to include Destination Wedding and Honeymoon workshops for travel consultants to learn and become certified in this rapidly growing segment of the industry. SBN’s conference will be held at the Sheraton, Wild Horse Resort and Spa in Phoenix Arizona, a Starwood property. Dates of the conference are October 30, 2014 to November 3, 2014.

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October 16, 2013, Alexandria, Va. - ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) is opening its membership to all independent travel advisors in Canada after confirming the need by Canadian travel professionals for its training and travel programs.

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