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NTA Announces New Technology Initiatives

October 25, 2004

NTA Announces New Technology Initiatives
(Lexington, Ky.) –The National Tour Association will introduce a high-tech exhibition space known as the Technology Pavilion at its 2004 Annual Convention in Toronto, Nov. 12-16. The Technology Pavilion will showcase programs, products and services offered by NTA associate members and will include specialty lighting, built-in counters and updated fixtures to enhance the display area.

This new initiative is part of NTA’s continuing effort to provide a menu of technology solutions for travel professionals that ultimately strengthen the partnership between tour operators, destinations, suppliers and the consumer.

"NTA recognizes that now, more than ever, members are looking for creative technology solutions to help support their travel-related businesses," said NTA President Hank Phillips, CTP. "NTA and its Board of Directors have made technology solutions a strategic priority of the association and we are committed to increasing awareness of our associate members offering technology solutions."

In addition, NTA is declaring Monday, Nov. 15, as "Technology Day," at the Annual Convention. Tour operators are encouraged to bring an information technology person from their company by purchasing a special two-day pass. Seminars also will be presented by travel technology professionals in the Welcome & Information Center and other sessions will be held on the Seminar Level that day.

Companies participating in the Technology Pavilion include, DataWeb Dynamics, Discovery Travel Systems, Tripz Systems Inc, TCI, Travel Spike and WorldSpan/InfoTree. Please see the attached for more information on these participating companies.

The National Tour Association is an organization of nearly 4,000 tourism professionals from 25 countries representing the packaged travel industry. NTA provides unsurpassed business opportunities, knowledge and information to its members. NTA also serves as a consumer advocate through its code of ethics, stringent membership requirements and education. For more information, please visit

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DataWeb Dynamics Inc. provides customized dynamic Web site design and development for tour and motorcoach tour operators. Services include complete site administration system, Web customer database, hosting and e-mail newsletter system.
Discovery Travel Systems offers Tour Partner, a reliable, affordable web-based solution designed to handle tours, cruises and independent vacations. Consumers and travel agents can book through a call center or shop and book for all vacation products on a user-friendly Web site.
Tripz Systems Inc provides Tripz software, which is designed to give tour operators the ability to manage their tour inventory more efficiently by having all tour data available to their agents and offices in real time.
Travel Curve Inc. (TCI) is a fast-growing, global oriented, software solutions and service firm which specializes in the Tourism Industry. TCI develops highly functional and evolving technology to assist all aspects of the tourism industry, from Tour Operators to DMOs. With a complete repertoire of projects all across the globe, TCI has been instrumental in assisting its world-class clients in reaching their full sales potential.
Travel Spike is a travel technology and travel marketing company offering tour operators and destinations customized solutions and services. Travel Spike has a dynamic vacation package and tour engine to make your call center and/or Web site more efficient. Travel Spike also offers have a leisure group tour planner that showcases your product online and allows users to build itineraries. They also specialize in driving more qualified travelers to your Web site to book your tours.
Worldspan/InfoTree Worldspan is a leader in travel technology services for travel suppliers, travel agencies, e-commerce sites and corporations worldwide. Utilizing some of the fastest, most flexible and efficient networks and computing technologies, Worldspan provides comprehensive electronic data services linking approximately 800 travel suppliers around the world to a global customer base. InfoTree Corporation combines technological expertise with travel industry experience to develop high quality and cost-effective wholesale tour management systems. Their software products help individual and group tour operators better manage their profitability and productivity. As competition in the travel industry increases and as technology changes, the software products manage the ever-changing passenger demands, tour products, government regulations, vendor rates, and commission caps faced by the travel wholesaler. Tour operators worldwide have grown to rely on InfoTree’s technical expertise since 1995.
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