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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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NTA welcomes new account executive

October 2, 2018 / Headlines

Gina Mulvany has joined the NTA staff as an advertising and sponsorship account executive. A part of the NTA Services team at the association’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, Gina will work with members in central and midwestern U.S. states and all of Canada. “We’re happy to have Gina aboard in time for Travel Exchange,” said […]

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Travel Alliance Partners’ Corporate Headquarters Moves to Rochester, NY with New Executive Director

September 25, 2018 / Headlines

Rochester, N.Y.—Travel Alliance Partners, LLC (TAP), a partner-owned corporation comprised of 28 premier tour operators across North America, has moved its headquarters to Rochester, NY. The change includes the announcement of a new management company, Break the Ice Media (BTI).  Leading the TAP management team is Lisa Doerner, the new Executive Director.  Doerner brings over 20 […]

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National Tour Association President Pam Inman named to U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board

September 20, 2018 / Headlines

Lexington, Ky – Pam Inman, CTP, president of the National Tour Association, has been appointed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to a two-year term on the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.  In this role, Inman will work closely with fellow board members to develop recommendations on strengthening the competitiveness of the U.S. travel and […]

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Online Courier content easier to read, share

September 18, 2018 / Headlines

NTA’s Courier magazine is now online. This month the flagship publication of the National Tour Association launched a dedicated website,, making the magazine’s coverage of NTA-member destinations and tour products available to a broader audience. Beginning with a soft launch Sept. 4, offers readers original articles published in the magazine in 2017 and […]

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U.S. Department Of Commerce arrivals data reports record-setting spending by international visitors

September 17, 2018 / Headlines

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) announced that the United States welcomed nearly 77 million international visitors into the country, who collectively spent a record-setting $251.4 billion experiencing the United States in 2017, a two percent increase when compared to 2016. Over the course of […]

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NTA responds to ruling on travel ban

June 26, 2018 / Headlines

WASHINGTON, D.C., and LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 26, 2018) — Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the travel ban initiated by the Trump administration, NTA President Pam Inman issued this statement: “NTA has long advocated for freedom of travel … underscored by security. We’ve seen that when you roll up the welcome mat, […]

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NTA Partners with UMS Ticketing

April 25, 2018 / Headlines

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The National Tour Association has welcomed UMS Ticketing powered by UMS Banking as a Corporate Partner, enabling NTA members to buy tickets to attractions, events and tours on a user-friendly, secure platform. UMS Ticketing powered by UMS Banking offers credit card processing with two ticketing platforms, TicketSocket and eTix. Each comes with […]

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NTA Members, Staff Earn Certified Tour Professional Designation

January 31, 2018 / Headlines

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Jan. 30, 2018) —  The National Tour Association is proud to announce that eight NTA members and five NTA staff members earned the Certified Tour Professional designation in 2017. Established more than 30 years ago, NTA’s CTP was the first professional competency program in the packaged travel industry. Developed by and for packaged […]

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