18 August 2008

YTB Wins Support of Former ASTA President

Travel Agent Central
"YTB may well be the future of retail travel sales and deserves close study by the industry not condemnation," Phil Davidoff, president of Davidoff Associates and a former president of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) told Travel Agent in an interview.

Both Phil and his wife/partner, Doris Davidoff, taught two seminars at YTB’s recent national convention in St. Louis and offered praise for the quality of the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 agents who attended.

"The quality, degree of interest in travel as a profession and the awareness of the travel industry’s need for professionalism was clear to us," Phil said. Phil and Doris are CTCs, CTIEs and MCCs, and long-standing "establishment" advocates.

The Davidoffs have been working with YTB to enhance its travel agent program along with another respected educator, Marc Mancini, who is assisting YTB in creating a comprehensive professional education and training program. "YTB is aggressively expanding its professional education program and we believe will produce productive and professional agents that will be a credit to the industry," Mancini said.

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