“A second year of strong growth shows that agencies are connecting with consumers who want to work with a travel professional,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA’s president and CEO. “ASTA agencies are confident that they can continue to expand their business in 2014.” Fifty-six percent of retail leisure agencies reported increased revenue; 59% reported an increase in clients. Forty-four percent of independent agents (for the purposes of this study, ASTA defined independent agents as owner/agents, independent contractors or hosted agents) reported increased revenue and 46% reported an increase in the number of clients. Sixty-four percent of travel agencies reported a profit in 2013. When broken out, 72% of corporate agencies, 62% of retail leisure agencies and 57% of independent agents reported profits. Get the full story at Travel Weekly