Travel agents should reach out to their congressional representatives and educate them about the industry's vital role to the economy and to the local community, writes Eben Peck, vice president for government affairs at ASTA. Doing so grants the industry the ability to influence policy-making decisions that would be to their benefit. "To go unrepresented in Congress is to invite disaster at a time when legislators will be considering issues of huge impact to travel agents, such as airline ancillary fees and distribution models, cruise ship safety, independent contractor regulations and aviation security reform," Peck writes.

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