Legislation is expected to directly affect travel agents, including independent agents. "The industry faces a relentless tidal wave of tax and fee proposals from a multitude of sources -- federal, state and local -- including hotel occupancy tax proposals that will challenge the industry and our ability to respond," said Paul Ruden, senior vice president for legal and industry affairs at ASTA. "Be warned. Every level of government is looking for new revenues. As independent businesses, the expectation is of rapid change that has to be monitored, evaluated and dealt with. Travel agents must have a voice and ASTA gives them the representation they need."

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