The ARC Accreditation Mark Highlights Travel Agent Professionalism

Arlington, VA - May 21, 2008 - The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) introduces the ARC Accreditation Mark and the VTC (Verified Travel Consultant) Mark. ARC is launching the marks in response to travel agent requests for an effective way to promote ARC credentials to both consumers and suppliers.

"The new ARC Accreditation Mark may be the perfect way to highlight a travel agency's obtainment of the gold standard in travel agent accreditation. The ARC-Accredited Agency and the ARC VTC are among the most select group of dedicated professionals in the U.S. travel industry. They have shown an impressive commitment to meeting and maintaining the industry's most stringent financial, personnel, and security requirements. As a result, they are rightfully recognized by the world's leading airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, and tour operators. These marks are a true embodiment of an agency's impressive credentials," says Lauri Reishus, general manager of ARC Industry Products and Services. "Whether displayed on an agency's Web site or on business stationery, customers and travel suppliers will appreciate knowing that the agency is fully accredited by ARC," adds Reishus.

The stylish, high-resolution ARC Accreditation Mark is available, free of charge, for use by all active ARC-accredited agents with an airline ticketing appointment. The VTC Mark is similarly available to ARC-certified VTCs.

Additional information on the ARC Accreditation Mark and the VTC Mark may be found at and respectively.

ARC Accreditation Mark
ARC Accreditation Mark

How it Works

Accreditation Marks are available to ARC Accredited Agencies and VTCs to promote the professionalism of their company - both online and in print.

  • Visitors to agent Web sites can click on the ARC Accreditation Mark and VTC Mark, which link to an interface that will verify the agency's or VTC's accreditation or certification status.
  • ARC's corporate Web site will also provide visitors with the ability to enter an agency's ARC number to verify the agent's accreditation status.

A comprehensive style guide provides complete instructions for use of the ARC Accreditation Mark and VTC Mark on both printed materials and agent Web sites.

About ARC - ARC is a technology solutions company providing transaction settlement and data information services.

Airlines, travel agencies, corporate travel departments, railroads, and other travel suppliers process up to $80 billion annually through ARC's world-class settlement system, making it the financial backbone of travel distribution. ARC COMPASS®, the leading, trusted source for travel transaction information, powers data and analytical tools that help ARC customers make confident business decisions. For more information, please visit