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2023 NTA Board of Directors Election

The NTA Nominating Committee announces the 2023 slate of candidates for the NTA Board of Directors. After vetting the applications, conducting interviews with each applicant, and considering the applicants’ qualifications and business type, the committee composed the following slate:

Tour Operator Directors

  • Vice Chair: Fraser Neave, CTP

    Fraser Neave, CTP, Wells Gray Tours

    Fraser has been involved in his family business, Wells Gray Tours, since he was about eight years old. He completed his Bachelor of Tourism Management degree in 2013 and immediately started working full time at the company as a tour coordinator. He’s been in his current role as product director for 6.5 years and now oversees the company’s entire tour schedule. He has attended travel conferences as a buyer at Rendezvous Canada, Canada’s West Marketplace, and Atlantic Canada Showcase. He has been involved with NTA’s various leadership committees since 2015. He has also volunteered with Air Cadets (a national youth program) since 2010 in several different roles.

    He has thoroughly enjoyed his time on the NTA board and would love the opportunity to dig even deeper on the Executive Committee. While there have been some incredible challenges during the pandemic, he feels it has been rewarding to be a small part of the recovery process and to work with such a great group of people. It is important that NTA has a strong pipeline of leaders and feels it’s time to take on this challenge and lead the association over the next three years.

  • Secretary: Monique van Dijk-Seppola

    Monique van Dijk-Seppola, Scandinavia Tours

    From the time she was 11 years old, Monique has dreamed of organizing customized tours, so it was an obvious choice to pursue an education in tourism. She has never regretted this and has worked as a tour operator all her adult life. In addition to building her own tour operator business, she has led various projects and served as a board member for different companies. She has served the NTA board since 2018, partly through very challenging times during the pandemic.

    From the beginning of her membership, she’s received help, encouragement, and business from NTA. She’s felt welcome from day one as an international member, but believes there is room in the organization for more international members.  She looks forward to continuing to serve the board to help find a fine balance in this area.

Tour Supplier Directors

  • Tour Supplier Director: Lois Stoltzfus, Dutchman Hospitality Group

    Lois Stoltzfus, Dutchman Hospitality Group

    During her 25 years in the tourism industry, Lois has had the opportunity to work in all aspects: as a tour operator and receptive operator as well as a supplier, fulfilling the role of group sales director for restaurants, attractions, and hotels. This has given her a very well- rounded view of the industry and the ability to know what is needed. She developed the “Crushing Group Sales” seminar that she has implemented throughout the U.S. She has made a commitment to help those entering the industry to begin their careers with more knowledge than she had when she began, which was zero.  As a tour supplier director on the NTA board, she hopes to use the opportunity to be a voice for suppliers while helping them move forward in the organization and their careers.

DMO Directors

  • DMO director (one-year position): Amy Larsen, Wyoming Office of Tourism

    Amy Larsen, Wyoming Office of Tourism

    Amy Larsen is the industry relations manager with the Wyoming Office of Tourism, where she serves as the main point of contact for Wyoming tourism partners for industry outreach and co-ops. She also executes the marketing strategy plan to build relationships with the domestic travel trade, and she’s the primary contact for group travel in the state of Wyoming. She holds a Masters in Tourism Management from Colorado State University, along with a graduate certificate in adventure travel.  As the fourth generation to call Wyoming home and the third generation to graduate from the University of Wyoming, she embraces the opportunity to share with others all that Wyoming has to offer. From its iconic national parks, amazing scenery, incredible outdoor experiences, fascinating history, and Western hospitality, there truly is no place like home.

  • DMO Director (three-year position): Katie Kirkland, Visit Tuolumne County

    Katie Kirkland, Visit Tuolumne County

    Katie began her career in travel and tourism nearly 12 years ago with professional experiences at Club Med Resorts, Black Oak Casino Resort, and Development Counsellors International. Most recently, after a two-year pandemic hiatus, she rejoined Visit Tuolumne County as the sales and marketing director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Stanislaus, and a Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Denver.

    Katie feels NTA is a voice for and a liaison between DMOs and tour operators. NTA understands the challenges DMOs and tour operators are facing, and as a leader in the travel industry, the association can provide the education, tools, and relationship-building experiences to help members successfully rebuild post-pandemic.

  • Voting instructions

    NTA members will vote for candidates within their member category. If you’re interested in nominating someone from the floor, please contact Jennifer Royse.

    Each member company in good standing may cast only one ballot, and more than one ballot cast will result in the elimination of all votes submitted by one member company. Ballots will be distributed by e-mail to the primary contacts of all tour operators, tour suppliers, and DMOs on Oct. 4. If you need a paper ballot, email Jennifer Royse. Online voting will remain open until Nov. 3. NTA will host the online Annual Business Meeting on Nov. 3, when members can hear from the nominees and have an opportunity to ask questions. The 2023 NTA Board will be announced during Travel Exchange.

I can help!Jennifer Royse, CTP jennifer.royse@ntastaff.com+1.859.264.6576

  • 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