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NTA business survey: Members reflect on 2021 and forecast the future

November 30, 2021 / Headlines

By Bob Rouse At the completion of a challenging year, NTA tour operators look for brighter days in 2022, but most don’t expect their company to catch up to pre-pandemic performance until 2023 or later. This and other insights emerged from NTA’s 2021 Year-end Business Survey, completed by buyer (tour operator) and seller (tour supplier […]

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Support the SAVE Act: Contact your U.S. Representative

October 7, 2021 / Headlines

Your company may be able to receive federal funds through the $16 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2120, the Securing Access for Venue Equity (SAVE) Act, would expand eligibility to include travel businesses that had put people in seats in live-performance venues prior to the pandemic. NTA would […]

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NTA signs on to DEI pledge

September 23, 2021 / Headlines

The National Tour Association has signed on to a pledge that commits the association’s leaders and members to take purposeful action around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The pledge was initiated by Travel Unity, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing diversity in the travel industry. Following the recommendation of NTA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group, […]

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Tour operators retooling itineraries, looking forward to 2022

July 13, 2021 / Headlines

Viewing 2021 as a transition year—from pandemic to prosperity—tour operators are working with destination and supplier partners to get travelers back on the road. In a midyear business survey conducted by the National Tour Association June 16 through July 7, NTA members reported on current conditions and speculated on the future. Asked to provide an […]

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NTA takes lessons from 2020 into new year

January 1, 2021 / Headlines

After developing a raft of creative, online ways for its members to address challenges and stay connected during 2020’s pandemic, NTA has launched a comprehensive engagement plan for next year. President Catherine Prather, CTP, said the association will take lessons from the past 10 tumultuous months and conduct a variety of online interactions throughout the […]

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With vTREX costs low, operators are sending more staff

September 15, 2020 / Headlines

With questions surrounding the restart of travel, NTA’s innovative answer is vTREX, a virtual Travel Exchange in mid-November that will connect buyers and sellers (one-on-one appointments and group presentations), provide insightful education (live or on demand), and create interactive events for members who miss seeing each other’s smiling faces. The need for professionals to connect […]

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A Virtually Awesome Show

June 30, 2020 / Headlines

Registration is open for vTREX, NTA’s Travel Exchange event that this year will be conducted entirely online. The virtual gathering—structured to provide vital business connections and essential education—will take place Nov. 17–19, with bonus days on both ends of the main event. In designing an online event for its global membership, NTA strikes the right […]

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NTA to take TREX online in November

May 27, 2020 / Headlines

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2020) — Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And for National Tour Association members, there’s a will to connect, but with many budgets cut to the bone, business travel has been all but eliminated. There’s still a way, though, in 2020: The association’s signature event, Travel Exchange, will be conducted […]

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Tour operators predict timing of travel’s return

May 19, 2020 / Headlines

Despite sidelined trips and postponed departures, NTA tour operators are still interacting with clients. And last week, in the NTA Traveler Sentiment and Demand survey, operators reported details of what they’re hearing and predicting. “NTA operators are working with their clients to reschedule canceled tours and to discuss new ones, and this survey includes responses […]

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NTA COVID-19 survey results show depth of economic impact

April 10, 2020 / Headlines

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — A survey of NTA members conducted last week reflects the significant negative economic impact the travel industry is experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. “In February, we were forecasting record profits, with 95% of it coming from March to October,” said Paul Larsen, president of Ed-Ventures, an […]

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