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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Joel Abels

January 30, 2007

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Joel Abels
Jan. 30, 2007 – The funeral arrangements for Joel Abels, editor and publisher of Travel Trade Publications and CEO of Travel Trade Productions in New York City, have been announced. The Funeral services will be at noon, Friday, Feb. 2 at the Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church at 60 Forest Park Avenue in Larchmont, New York. Directions can be found at

Donations in memory of Abels can be made to:

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Rd.
Kanab, UT 84741
(435) 644-2001


Friends of Animals
777 Post Road
Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 656-1522


Tree House Animal Foundation
1212 West Carmen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640-2999
(773) 784-5488


Abels was a long-time friend of NTA and NTA Legislative Counsel Jim Santini worked closely with him over the years.


"With the passing last Friday of the inimitable Joel Abels, the Frank Sinatra ballad, "I did it my way", is singing in my ears. From the outset of our 30 year personal and professional relationship, no one has (or will) come close to the intense journalistic fervor on behalf of the struggling travel agent/tour operator industry on a local or national basis," said Santini. "As an organizing chairman of the House Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Joel was one of the first tourism advocates that I reached out to for service on our Travel and Tourism Caucus Advisory Board. He was a stalwart from day one. His sometimes rabid, always articulate advocacy, on behalf of the industry that he, and his consummate life’s companion, Lenore, loved so dearly, never subsided. While that mold may now be broken the memory of his dedicated advocacy will never be lost."


"Good friend, Joel, your intense spirit lives on undaunted in all of your readers and disciples who will now carry on your mission of dedication to the travel and tour industry. Thank you for all you have given and accomplished."


With love and continued prayers.
Jim and Ann Santini


"Joel was the consummate professional, a man of his word, a man with very high integrity," said NTA Chairman and CEO Randy Julian. "He loved people and he loved this industry. We’ve lost a giant in the travel business and we’ve lost a friend."

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