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2017 NTA Award Winners

March 7, 2017

NTA presented six awards while in St. Louis for Travel Exchange ’17. We are so proud to have members as dedicated and accomplished as these:

2017 Volunteer of the Year
Patti Culp, Alabama Travel Council

Patti Culp, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

2017 Shining Star
Travel Portland and Travel Oregon

Travel Oregon, Travel Portland, Shining Star

2017 James D. Santini
Tom Jaffa, CTP


2017 Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement
Paul Nakamoto, Gray Line of San Francisco


2017 Pioneer
Terry MacRae, Hornblower Cruises & Events


2017 Top 5 Young Professionals
(Left to right) Dave Nitkiewicz, Experience Grand Rapids; Michelle Tupman, Great Canadian Holidays Inc; Lisa Itel, Travel Oregon; LouAnna Henton, Nashville CVB; Fraser Neave, Wells Gray Tours Ltd.

2017 Top-5-YPs

2017 Courier‘s Distinguished Dozen
2017 Courier Distinguished Dozen
Theater Show/Venue

  • Gold: Broadway Inbound/The Shubert Organization
  • Silver: Blue Man Group
  • Bronze: Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group

Group-Friendly Restaurant

  • Gold: Hard Rock Cafe International
  • Silver: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Bronze: Golden Corral

Big-Ship or River Cruising Company

  • Gold: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Silver: American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Bronze: Holland America Line

Sightseeing Tours

  • Gold: Entertainment Cruises
  • Silver: Boston Duck Tours
  • Bronze: Old Savannah Tours

Overseas DMO Partner

  • Gold: Jordan Tourism Board
  • Silver: China National Tourist Office
  • Bronze: VisitScotland

North American DMO Partner (City or Region)

  • Gold: Travel Portland
  • Silver: NYC & Company
  • Bronze: Visit Savannah

North American DMO Partner (State or Province)

  • Gold: Travel Oregon
  • Silver: New York State Division of Tourism
  • Bronze: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Museum for Groups

  • Gold: Newseum (Washington, D.C.0
  • Silver: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City)
  • Bronze: Graceland (Memphis, Tennessee)

Casino/Gaming Property

  • Gold: Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Silver: Beau Rivage by MGM Resorts (Biloxi, Mississippi)
  • Bronze: Tulalip Resort Casino (Tulalip, Washington)

Corporate Hotel Chain

  • Gold: Hilton Worldwide
  • Silver: Drury Hotels
  • Bronze: Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Independent/Boutique Hotel Property

  • Gold: Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Silver: The Biltmore Company (Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Bronze: Hilton Québec (Québec City)

Shopping Attraction

  • Gold: Macy’s
  • Silver: Tanger Properties
  • Bronze: Tommy Hilfiger



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