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I agree with the articles claim that you need to interview an agent. Not all agents have even traveled outside of the United States. So make sure they have been to the place you are researching or at least have good suppliers who they book with who can give you what you have paid for.
As for being a part of ASTA? There are a lot of really good agents who are not a part of ASTA. Being a member doesn't make an agent a better agent (anyone can pay to join). They don't track, help or monitor what or how agents are selling travel. And they don't guarantee how you will be treated.
Interview, interview, interview your agent. When you find a good one, stick with them.
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