The International Airlines Travel Agents Network (IATAN) has been in existence since 1986. Its mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful and impartial business standards, and to provide cost effective products, services and educational programs that benefit the travel industry. IATAN provides a vital link between the supplier community and the U.S. travel distribution network.
IATAN endorses Airline Appointed and Travel Sales Intermediary (TSI) agency locations, registers the personnel who work in these agencies, and produces the IATAN Travel Agent ID Card as a method of identifying bona fide travel agents who may qualify for reduced rates or other industry privileges.
U.S. Travel Agent antitrust litigation against IATA, forced IATA to establish IATAN for agent regulations in the U.S., however outside of the US, IATA is able to continue engaging in international pricing and regulations. The Passenger Network Services Corporation (PNSC) is the U.S. successor corporation to IATA. While many of its functions are similar to those formerly performed by IATA, it is designed to operate without antitrust immunity. The Passenger Network Service Corporation is operated by the International Air Transport Association and administers travel agency programs within the United States on behalf of international air carriers. The corporation does business under the trade name International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN).
IATAN, along with its parent IATA, compiles comprehensive information on all travel industry sales outlets worldwide, and administers websites such as www.LocateATravelAgency.com to help consumers find a local travel agency and www.CheckACode.com to help suppliers identify agents.
IATAN publishes the NETWORK newsletter for travel agencies and The Supplier Side for travel suppliers, as well as www.iatan.org, a valuable and trusted resource about the various products and services IATAN offers the travel community.
Educational programs such as the geography training, videos, classroom geography seminars, and the website www.ournewworld.com round out IATAN services that add value to the travel industry.
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