NTA Government Relations: End the shutdown
Many NTA members are suffering—or will soon endure—financial loss due to the partial shutdown of the U.S. government. If you want to urge Congress to end the shutdown, we’ve created a template for a letter you can email to the four key congressional leaders listed below. All you need to do is copy the template and edit the bold text to reflect your company and copy your legislators. (Find them by clicking on the blue boxes below.)
The letter to send
January XX, 2019
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer,
On behalf of [your organization], I urge you to do everything in your power to fully reopen our national parks, refuges, and forests by passing appropriations for the Department of the Interior and other federal land management agencies.
[paragraph about your organization’s role, including your relationship with public lands. Provide details of how your organization relies on visitation to national parks and properties. If you have no direct interaction with public lands, you can explain that “A significant number of my colleagues in the tourism industry—and their co-workers—rely on the steady stream of visitors to our nation’s parks and monuments, and this shutdown has ended that stream of visitors and revenue.”]
During this government shutdown, we have [describe negative impacts to your organization, such as closed doors, lost revenue, laid-off employees, etc.]
In addition to the direct impacts to our organization, we have had to watch our federal partners suffer. We are fortunate to work with dedicated public servants who care deeply about the resources they protect and the people who visit them. Not only have they been unable to do their jobs, they do not know when they will next be paid or the extent of damage they will find once they get back to work.
For the good of our public lands, and all the communities suffering from this shutdown, please take the necessary steps to reopen the Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and the rest of the government.
Thank you for considering our views.
CC: [your name, company, city and state]
The Congressional members to send to
- NTA has provided us the research and atmosphere to brainstorm new ways of doing things and fresh additions to trips, which has led to successful business development. Rachel Ranck, WorldStrides, NTA member since 1985
- What NTA does is provide the right buyers. They provide the right people who make decisions. This is what makes this organization one I can’t afford to take off my list. John Stachnik CTP, Mayflower Tours, NTA member since 1979
- I came to NTA to build a business, and that’s exactly what it did for us, as sales came in. For me, it’s the only outlet for new ideas. Matthew Squire, Select Travel Service (UK), NTA member since 2002
- NTA membership and our attendance at the convention have provided us with more clients, more business relationships and more ideas. We are proud to belong to NTA. Daniele Panzarin, Target Travel (Italy), NTA member since 2007
- The No. 1 member benefit of NTA has to be all the great professional and personal connections we’ve made over the past decade. Taunya Wolfe Finn, CTP, Wolfe Adventures & Tours, NTA member since 2005
- We have not found a more reliable, more profitable or more consistent tourism venue in which to acquire new business than NTA. Diane Hohnstein, Hospitality Management Services, NTA member since 1999
- I believe attending the NTA conferences allow me to create valuable relationships and work together with U.S. operators in creating great Scotland product. Maggie Anderson, VisitScotland, NTA member since 2003
- NTA events provide us with beneficial networking with many top tour operators. It’s national and international in scope providing a global perspective. Tim and Elaine Moulder, Brilliant Edventures, NTA member since 2015