ASTA Legislative Day

At this exclusive event, open to ASTA travel agent members only, you will converge on Capitol Hill to speak directly to Members of Congress about the issues that impact travel agents and the industry.


ASTA strives to educate the traveling public about the value travel professionals provide and it is critical that we do the same with elected representatives on Capitol Hill. ASTA headquarters can't do this work alone—we need your help!

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must provide your home address (i.e. where you vote) when you register.

ASTA Member Registration Fee (After May 1, 2017) - $199
REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
Registration is capped at 100 participants


NOTE:
  ASTA Board Members, CAC Members, and Chapter Presidents receive discounts on registration. Please contact Pamela Bonin at pbonin@asta.org to receive your promo code.

AGENDA

(Subject to Change)

Tuesday, June 6

5:00 PM            
Bus Departs Watergate Hotel (2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037)

6:00-7:30 PM   
Welcome Reception
Join us for a welcome reception in the historic U.S. Capitol, featuring the presentation of the third annual Global Travel Advocate Award to a key Member of Congress.

Location: House Foreign Affairs Committee Room (2172 RHOB)

Wednesday, June 7

7:00 – 7:45 AM  
Full Breakfast and Networking
Location: Watergate Hotel, Elmore Room

7:45 - 8:40 AM   
Drilling Down on the Issues

The travel industry’s leading government relations experts provide the latest intelligence and key messages on the issues attendees will discuss in their Congressional meetings on Capitol Hill, including FAA reauthorization, overtime regulations, Cuba travel freedom and others.

Moderator: Eben Peck, SVP Government & Public Affairs, ASTA
Panelists: Peter Lobasso, General Counsel, ASTA; Matt Bormet, VP, Banner Public Affairs; James Williams, President, Engage Cuba
Location: Watergate Hotel, Moretti EF Room


8:50 - 9:45 AM   
Advocacy 101/Hill Meeting Logistics

You’ve dug into the issues, but now it’s time to focus on the blocking and tackling. What do I say in these meetings, and how do I say it? Our panel of advocacy professionals will answer these questions and cover the ingredients for a successful Congressional meeting: what to do and what not to do in meetings, what messages resonate the most and how to ensure your issues rise to the top. This will also be your chance to ask any questions about your schedule or the flow of the legislative meetings later in the day.

Moderator: Eben Peck, Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, ASTA
Panelists: Mike McGarry, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, CLIA; Kelly Kolb, Vice President, Government Affairs, Travelport.
Location: Watergate Hotel, Moretti EF Room

 

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM          
Base Camp
In addition to serving as the location for our lunch, the Base Camp will give you a place to stow luggage, kill time, review talking points, check email and enjoy light refreshments/snacks.

Location: Fraioli & Associates Townhouse, 423 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003

 

9:45 AM                       
Bus Departs Watergate Hotel

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM        
House Meetings
Meetings with Members of the House of Representatives and/or staff. Each attendee will receive individualized meeting schedules before the event. Depending on availability, you may have House meetings outside of this timeframe.

 

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM         
Buffet Lunch
Location: Fraioli & Associates Townhouse, 423 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003

 

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM                       
Senate Meetings

Meetings with Senators and/or staff. Each attendee will receive individualized meeting schedules before the event. Depending on availability, you may have Senate meetings outside of this timeframe.

 

5:00 PM                       
Debrief & Refreshments

If your travel schedule allows, please join us for an informal reception at the conclusion of the event. We are providing transportation back to the Watergate.

Location: Fraioli & Associates Townhouse, 423 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003
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