From its roots in 1963, when a small, but vocal group of retail travel agents founded the first agent-only trade association, ARTA, the Association of Retail Travel Agents, continues to be the voice of small and independent travel agents across the country. ARTA has grown in stature from a fledgling organization to a responsible, respected, and influential advocate for the retail travel industry.
ARTA’s policies are grounded in the determination that small- and medium-sized agencies must, and can, remain a viable component of the travel industry sales channel, regardless of the competitive pressures.
The role of ARTA continues to be the fight to ensure an equitable competitive landscape, and provide the education and training services necessary to enable the individual agent to adjust to the ongoing challenges of these ever-changing times.
Members of ARTA have made a commitment to professional responsibility with membership in the Association of Retail Travel Agents, the largest association consisting exclusively of travel agencies and travel agents.
ARTA is the US strategic partner of the Association of Retail Travel Agents-Canada (ARTA Canada).
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