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Tour Operators and Travel Agents to Connect at NTA Spring Meet

March 10, 2009

National Tour Association

Sara Spencer
National Association of Career Travel Agents
Mary Clegg
March 10, 2009

Tour Operators and Travel Agents to Connect at the NTA Tour Operator Spring Meet and NACTA Western Regional Meeting

Lexington, Ky. – Recognizing the business potential between tour operators and travel agents, the National Tour Association and the National Association of Career Travel Agents are pleased to announce they will be bringing the two groups of travel professionals together this June. The 2009 NTA Tour Operator Spring Meet and the NACTA Western Regional Meeting will be co-located June 4-6, in Monterey California.

"NTA is always looking at ways to partner with other associations and create new business for our members," said NTA Chairman and CEO Michele Michalewicz, CTP. "Tour operators are looking for new distribution partners and travel agents are looking for higher profits and quality product for their clients. NTA and NACTA have found a way to answer their members’ needs by combining these two events and giving them more business opportunities under one roof."

Through this partnership, attendees of the combined event will attend networking sessions and participate in NTA’s signature speed dating session. During the speed dating, NACTA travel agents and NTA tour operators will have the opportunity to explore potential partnerships as tour operators discuss the types of packages and products they offer and travel agents explain who their clients are and the types of travel packages they desire.

Currently, 22 percent of NACTA travel agents sell tours, and NTA operators are ready to help more agents learn how they can offer creative and customized product to their clients. Additionally, 370 of NTA’s 700 tour operators offer agents commissionable packages. Because so many of NTA tour operators now offer customized itineraries, the product available to these agents is extensive and includes unique options such as faith-based product and gay and lesbian travel.

"We are thrilled to bring NACTA members a completely new and powerful training program," said NACTA president Scott Koepf. This ‘destinational’ not only offers networking with the NTA tour operators but also will provide an exclusive agent training track."

Registration for the 2009 NTA Tour Operator Spring Meet is currently open. More information is available at or by calling NTA Headquarters at 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4444.

The National Tour Association is the preferred association in the tourism industry for packaged travel professionals. NTA’s diverse membership and progressive nature make it an industry leader as the place to do business. NTA consistently seeks innovations for the services and business tools it provides to members, and the leadership keeps its fingers on the pulse of the ever-changing world. In turn, NTA members are some of the most creative in the dynamic travel industry. NTA membership represents 40 countries, and tour and travel packagers of all types, including group, independent, student, and more. To learn more, please visit

NACTA is the travel industry’s leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales agents, cruise and tour oriented agents, group oriented travel professionals and traditional ARC-appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to such professionals. Established in 1986, NACTA’s mission is to represent the interest of career focused independent travel entrepreneurs and to promote professionalism and recognition for the professional independent travel agent. NACTA is an affiliate of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents, the world’s largest travel trade association.

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