The travel industry has many organizations involved in the promotion of using a travel agent, maintaining the stability of the industry, providing education and certification. Those of us in the industry take pride in being actively involved in keeping our industry strong and encouraging others to consider entering the travel industry as a career choice. You will see many travel schools or travel agencies that are members of various organizations but when you are not part of the travel industry they really don’t make any sense to you. These are the organizations we are members of:
ASTA, short for the American Society of Travel Agents, is the world's largest association of travel professionals. Our members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. We are the leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. ASTA offers many benefits to its members and the traveling public. The majority of ASTA's members are travel agencies. However, travel suppliers, such as airlines, hotels, car rental firms, cruise lines, and tour operators join ASTA. We also have membership categories for students, travel schools, retail travel sellers, and others. ASTA is the organization for anyone related to the travel industry!AAA Travel Agent Training Center is proud to be a member of ASTA
Cruise Lines International Association is the world's largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA’s mission is to promote policies and practices that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment; educate and train its travel agent members; and promote and explain the value, desirability and affordability of the cruise vacation experience. CLIA is consistently rated the most effective travel association in terms of overall support of the travel agency community, the value for the money, and the quality of its training programs. The AAA Travel Agent Training Center uses the curriculum written by Marc Mancini, The CLIA Guide to the Cruise Line Industry. This course was written for travel school students and anyone interested in the cruise experience. AAA Carolinas is a member of CLIA and use this site and organization as part of the training experience for students.