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NPS releases latest info on new fees, requirements

August 9, 2019 / Headlines

The National Park Service has released more information about changes that will affect tour operators starting this fall. For more than a year, NTA has worked in concert with other tour and motorcoach associations to gather detailed information from NPS in regard to its new policies for commercial use authorizations—as well as the new entrance […]

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Reenvisioning Travel Exchange

July 16, 2019 / Headlines

The story behind the rebirth of a 58-year-old convention by Bob Rouse When change came knocking at National Tour Association headquarters, the staff held the door wide open. Travel Exchange, NTA’s keystone event, needed a makeover—even if it required a lot of work. “We knew we were looking at long meetings and a million details, […]

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Trump administration halts cruises, people-to-people travel to Cuba

June 5, 2019 / Headlines

On June 4, 2019, the United States Department of Treasury issued amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations that will remove a travel authorization for people-to-people educational travel to Cuba. Educational travel is still one of the 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba, but “group people-to-people educational travel” to the island has been removed. […]

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NTA in good company at IPW

April 15, 2019 / Headlines

NTA will be in good company at IPW in Anaheim, California, June 1–5. Or, more accurately: Good companies will be with NTA representatives in the association’s booth at IPW, an international trade show that showcases the United States as a premier travel destination. “We’ll be joined by 12 NTA members representing 10 companies,” said Morgan […]

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Visit U.S. Coalition Applauds Introduction of the JOLT Act

April 9, 2019 / Headlines

Jobs Created from Launching Travel Act will strengthen the economy, national security Washington – Today, the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded the introduction of the JOLT Act. This legislation will promote international travel to the U.S., creating economic activity and bolstering job creation. By creating, updating, and streamlining existing programs, the JOLT Act will encourage secure […]

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Visit U.S. Coalition Applauds Congressional Action to Establish the Secure Travel Partnership by Renaming the Visa Waiver Program

April 9, 2019 / Headlines

The Secure Travel Partnership accurately reflects the programs security, traveler benefits Washington – Today, the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that renames the Visa Waiver Program, rebranding it as the Secure Travel Partnership. This change better reflects the program’s security standards and traveler benefits. “Rebranding the program as the Secure Travel […]

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Change at the top for NTA

March 29, 2019 / Headlines

During an emotional luncheon in Tucson on Thursday, 150 NTA members learned they are losing one leader and gaining another. The Arizona city is the site of Contact, NTA’s tour operator retreat. Pam Inman, CTP, announced she will step down from her role as NTA president at the end of the year. “Beginning in January […]

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NTA honors its stars: Rising, shining and all-time

November 20, 2018 / Headlines

National Tour Association members applauded the achievements and contributions of members and friends during Travel Exchange, held Nov. 4 through 8 in Milwaukee. Some 1,000 packaged-travel travel professionals gathered for NTA’s annual convention, and at luncheons throughout the week, the following awards and honors were announced: Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award | Bruce Beckham, past […]

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Courier Names 2019 Distinguished Dozen

November 7, 2018 / Headlines

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 7, 2018) — Courier, the official magazine of the National Tour Association, announced the winners of its 2019 Distinguished Dozen awards yesterday during a luncheon at NTA’s annual convention, Travel Exchange. NTA tour operators voted for destinations and tour suppliers in 12 categories, and the top vote-getters earned Courier’s gold, silver and bronze […]

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New USS ALABAMA Battleship Commissioner Named

October 4, 2018 / Headlines

Mobile, Alabama, Sept. 23, 2018—Now Hear This! The USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Patti Culp to the Battleship Commission. Ms. Culp was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey in late August, filling the last seat on the 20 person commission. Culp is the President and CEO of the Alabama […]

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