Saluting our beleaguered travel agents on National Travel Advisors Day

The past year plus has been a hard one for the world’s travel agents so it seems fitting to tip our caps to them on this year’s National Travel Advisor Day.

In 2019, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) announced that May 1 would be designated National Travel Advisor Day, sharing the date with not just May Day, but Beer Pong Day, Join Hands Day,  National Bombshells’ Day, National Chocolate Parfait Day, National Fitness Day, National Loyalty Day, National Mother Goose Day, National Scrapbook Day, Silver Star Service Banner Day  and a day honouring another underappreciated group, School Principals’ Day.

It’s easy enough to get lost in all of the other self-designated holidays, but the problem this year is that some sources are saying that the day to recognize advisors is May 6 and ASTA itself is stating it’s May 5. No matter what date you choose, these hard-working advisors have been doing their best to help the travelling public navigate the confusing web of rules and regulations that have been spawned by the pandemic.

Worse for them, they’ve been particularly hard hit by the travel slowdown as virtually no one has been going anywhere for the past year, but there is hope on the horizon as more people get vaccinated.

When the first lockdowns struck last year, many travellers who had booked their own trips discovered how difficult it was to get any kind of refunds. Those who had worked with advisors were more successful because they had somebody on their side that understood the system. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that travel advisors still have value in an era of online self-service and it will be worth your time to seek out their expertise when you start travelling again after its over.

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