What is ARC, IATA, and CLIA? what’s the difference? What it does and what type of agents would benefit most from it.
CLIA Number – is a way for vendors to identify you as a travel agent. It is issued by the Cruise Lines International Association; without the ARC accreditation, CLIA agencies cannot issue airline tickets since CLIA numbers were designed specifically for cruise-focused travel agencies.
You don’t need to get your own CLIA number if you’re working with a host agency. You can always go under their umbrella organization and use their identification number therefore, it won’t incur the costs associated with obtaining your own CLIA number.
If you are not issuing airline tickets, CLIA is a practical option because it is NOT accepted by the airlines, but nearly accepted everywhere.
CLIA vs. ARC/IATA Number – If you’re ticketing air-only reservation, ARC and IATA are must-haves.
ARC (Airlines Reporting Corporation) – gives out these ARC numbers to accredited agencies, which allows travel agencies to issue airline tickets.
The use of an ARC number extends from either a hotel to a cruise ship booking not only air tickets for travel agencies.
For a home-based travel agent or a storefront agency that only books leisure travel (no air), having your own ARC number seems too much.
IATA – International Air Transport Association Network use extensive data resource to connect the suppliers to the U.S. travel distribution network.
IATA ID card holders get promotional benefits. A concessionary incentives from suppliers (participating members) who identify the agent with an IATA/IATAN number as a valid associate; in addition to approving travel agents for the sale of travel tickets.
IATA certifies either a referral agent or an affiliate travel agent to find clients for the hosting travel agency’s business needs as well.
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