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NTA and UMA Move Forward on 2013 Event

August 24, 2011

NTA and UMA Move Forward on 2013 Event

Members of the NTA/UMA 2013 Task Force met recently in Providence, Rhode Island, to work through details of the 2013 integrated event including scheduling, education, networking opportunities and hospitality functions—all with a focus on creating an event that’s productive, educational and enjoyable. The convention is scheduled for Jan. 19–23, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

The task force is chaired by Michael Neustadt of Coach Tours Ltd. in Brookfield, Connecticut, who belongs to both NTA and UMA. Others who met in Providence were NTA members Audrey Bialas, Cathy Greteman and Jim Reddekopp Jr.; UMA members Larry Hundt, Tom Ready and Tim Wayland; NTA staff Lisa Simon and Lee Carter; and UMA staff Victor Parra and Maggie Masterson.

The group recommended the associations combine their final evening events—NTA’s Gala Reception and UMA’s Vision Awards—to create a comingled networking opportunity.

"Not only will the business and networking events be great for all attendees, but we’ll have a chance to learn more, too," said Cathy Greteman, NTA chair and CEO. "The task force recommended opening all education sessions to both NTA and UMA members so we can build a better understanding of the unique dynamics of the tour and motorcoach businesses."

More details about the 2013 event will be announced at Convention ’11.

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