12 Nov Ohio Business Leader to Serve as New Chair of Global Advocacy Group, American Society of Travel Advisors
Cincinnati’s Dave Hershberger, President of Prestige Travel Leaders, advocates for travelers and travel advisors on national and international issues
Cincinnati, Ohio (November 6, 2018) — Prestige Travel Leaders co-owner Dave Hershberger, a travel advisor with more than 37 years of experience serving travelers throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, recently was named Chairman of the Board of the American Society of Travel Advisors, the world’s largest association of travel professionals advocating on behalf of travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Hershberger, who will serve a two-year term, served as an ASTA board member for four years, most recently as vice chair.
“I respect ASTA’s long-time advocacy work to improve industry conditions and I look forward to working on behalf of travelers from Ohio, as well as all travelers worldwide,” said Hershberger, who replaces outgoing chairman Jay Ellenby, president of Safe Harbors Business Travel, a Travel Leaders Network agency in Bel Air, Md. The ASTA Board of Directors consists of 15 members representing all segments of the industry. Hershberger will represent travelers and the travel advisor community on Capitol Hill with the media and at global travel industry events.
Prestige Travel Leaders customers will continue to receive the highest level of personal attention and assistance they’ve come to expect from Hershberger and his staff. Prestige Travel Leaders, a second-generation company co-owned by Robin Hershberger, has been serving area residents since 1974 and is part of Travel Leaders Network, one of North America’s largest travel agency brands. Prestige was recognized in 2018 by Travel Leaders as an “Agency of Excellence.”
“Dave’s success in travel planning and consultation for leisure and corporate travelers makes him an ideal leader to helm the ASTA board and we are thrilled to have such a highly respected member of the travel community in this role,” says Roger E. Block, President of Travel Leaders Network and a past ASTA chairman. “Under Dave’s guidance, ASTA is poised to continue its critical work on behalf of all travelers and travel advisors.”
Hershberger maintains a five-star rating from customers on Travel Leaders’ website, TravelLeaders.com. His profile details his relevant travel experiences, destination knowledge, certifications and specializations in areas such as adventure travel. The site also contains several reviews from clients.
Client Barry in Mason, Ohio, wrote: “I have been using Travel Leaders/Prestige Travel for over 20 years. Dave Hershberger is the main reason for this. He delivers what he promises and works to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. With Dave’s experience in travel, he is a wealth of knowledge. He can make several suggestions to make sure you have a great time on your trip and life long memories.”
“We are a travel management company serving high-end business travelers, but we also serve vacationing travelers looking to create lasting memories,” said Hershberger, a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) and Certified Business Travel Specialist. “We pride ourselves in the expertise of our advisors and quality of our service.”
Hershberger has been an active participant and leader in several travel organizations through the years. This includes seven years of service on the Travel Leaders Franchise Advisory Board, a past chairman and current board member of the Commonwealth Business Travel Group, past board member and President of the Cincinnati SKAL Club. His leadership extends into his community, where he is an active member and past President of the Rotary Club and current member of the Little Miami Conservancy Board.
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About Prestige Travel Leaders
For over four decades, Prestige Travel Leaders has been serving the business and leisure travel needs of Cincinnati-area travelers. As a franchisee of Travel Leaders Network, one of the largest travel agency networks in North America, Prestige Travel Leaders has access to a global network of support and supplier relationships. A focus on providing a high level of customer service combined with the use of the latest technology has set Prestige Travel Leaders apart as a leader in the field, most recently recognized in 2018 by Travel Leaders as an “Agency of Excellence.”
About Travel Leaders Network
Travel Leaders Network (www.TravelLeaders.com), assists millions of leisure and business travelers annually, and is one of the largest sellers of luxury travel, cruises and tours in the travel agency industry. Travel Leaders Network represents approximately 6,800 travel agency locations across the United States and Canada. Travel Leaders Network’s award-winning Agent Profiler agent locator, marketing, technology, supplier partnerships and educational programs empower member agencies to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, grow their business and lead the industry. Travelers also have access to The Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group, a selection of travel offers and discounts available at no additional cost to holders of select American Express® cards. For more information visit TheTravelCollection.com. Travel Leaders Network is a Travel Leaders Group LLC company.
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.