Signature Travel Network has made a bulk purchase of ASTA's Verified Travel Advisor certification program, enabling 80 agents to enroll.

ASTA said it is the first bulk purchase of the VTA program since it was introduced in late August.

"We are committed to a long-term partnership with ASTA as we simply won’t survive in this business without the work that ASTA does on our behalf," said Signature CEO Alex Sharpe. "Aligning with ASTA on the Verified Travel Advisor program was a no-brainer. We want to make sure our travel advisors have access to the best industry, legal and government affairs resources available, and this partnership is a great way to make that happen."

ASTA CEO Zane Kerby thanked Signature for its support.

The VTA program is a nine-course program that the Society says contains unique components, like modules dedicated to ethics and DOT regulations. Agents must be ASTA members to maintain certification. The course is $399 for ASTA members.

Earlier this month, Hilton granted $10,000 so each ASTA chapter president can earn VTA certification.

In addition to Signature's bulk buy, ASTA also said Thursday that the first agent to complete the VTA program was Lisa Stenfort of Dreams Delivered Travel, a Signature affiliate in San Jose, Calif. Stenfort completed the program in late September.

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