Create or retrieve your password by clicking here

Tuesday Newsletter

April 26, 2005

Tuesday Newsletter April 26, 2005
April 26, 2005: Volume 25; Issue 10

Today’s Headlines
  • Get Ready to Register for Convention and Win
  • NTA Representatives at Pow Wow and Rendez-vous Canada
  • Grassroots Symposium Update
  • May Courier Preview
  • Tourism Cares Forms Education Committee
  • DMOs, Do You Produce a Newsletter?
  • Remembering Jack White Jr.
  • Tourism Cares Awards Grant
  • Get Ready to Register for Convention and Win

    Registration for the 2005 Annual Convention in Detroit opens next week. Watch your inbox for an e-mail announcing that registration is open, and log on to to get signed up. You will not be receiving a registration brochure, but all information related to Convention is available at NTA Online.

    Also, the Detroit Metro CVB has upped the ante for tour operators this year with a great incentive to register early. If tour operators sign up by the early bird deadline, they’ll be registered in a drawing for a one-year lease on a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. All entries must be received by July 8, 2005, to be eligible, and the prizewinner will be selected in a random drawing conducted during the Annual Convention in Detroit. A complete description of the official contest rules will be available online when the 2005 Convention Web site launches.

    top of page

    NTA Representatives at Pow Wow and Rendez-vous Canada

    The National Tour Association will have representatives at two upcoming industry events – International Pow Wow and Rendez-vous Canada. NTA will be on site to represent and support all association members, including NTA’s receptive service providers. At both of these shows, NTA tent cards and ribbons will be available for members.

    The NTA booth will be #2046 for International Pow Wow, which takes place in New York City, May 3-7, and there are 320 NTA members registered. At Rendez-vous Canada, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 7-11, NTA has booth #0012 and 165 members have signed up.

    top of page

    Grassroots Symposium Update

    Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) will be one of the speakers at the 2005 NTA Grassroots Symposium, to be held May 10-12 in Washington D.C. Rogers is chair of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Other highlights of the Symposium include opportunities for you to meet with legislators, a panel discussion with key members of the industry, educational sessions focused on how Congress works and updates on hot topics in travel and tourism.

    You can get registered for the Symposium by either clicking here or by contacting Todd Hamilton via e-mail at or by calling him at 800-682-8886, ext. 4205 (U.S. or Canada), or 859.226.4205.

    top of page

    May Courier Preview

    The May issue of NTA’s Courier magazine features information on the 2005 Annual Convention in Detroit. Detroit has a reputation for being an innovator, most notably in the areas of travel and transportation, and your May issue of Courier tells you just how similarly innovative this year’s Convention promises to be.

    Receptive tour operators are in the spotlight in May Courier, where they offer insights for working with suppliers in the Take AIM story. In the business section, members Jeannie Barresi of Beyond Boundaries Travel and Sam Rogers of the Philadelphia CVB share their strategies for developing experiential product. Courier Editor in Chief Frances Figart teams up with Lisa Nelson, NTA’s vice president of marketing, for an article on special interest travel. You’ll also hear from members who were on the February China Product Development Trip.

    So be sure to look for your May issue with the enticing Hawaiian beach on its cover. And check out the cover story hailing the experiential culture surrounding beach-based travel.

    July Issue – Ad Space: May 2; Editorial: Past
    Outdoor/Adventure Product; Zoos & Aquariums; California to Baja; Classic New England (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire & Vermont); Kentucky; Ohio; Tennessee; West Virginia.

    August Issue – Ad Space: May 30; Editorial: Past
    Theatres; Festivals; Adirondacks & Upstate New York; Continental Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Sweden & Switzerland); Illinois; Indiana; Michigan; Minnesota; Ontario; Wisconsin.

    September Issue – Ad Space: June 25; Editorial: May 1
    Museums; Student Product; Alaska, British Columbia & Yukon; Southwest (Arizona, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas); Georgia; North Carolina; South Carolina.

    October Issue – Ad Space: July 21; Editorial: June 1
    Annual Convention Issue; Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island; New Hampshire; Vermont.

    Please click here to view the 2005 Editorial Calendar online.

    Autry Museum of Western HeritageBarnhill’s BuffetBrunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia VBDetroit Metro CVBHormel Foods CorporationITS Design & Printing Inc.John G. Shedd AquariumMaid of the MistMyrtle Beach Area CVBPechanga Resort & CasinoRiverbarge Excursions Ltd. The Berkely Group (TPP) The Liberace MuseumWilliamsburg Hotel Associates

    top of page

    Tourism Cares Forms Education Committee

    Bruce Beckham, CTP, announced that Tourism Cares for Tomorrow’s board member, Professor Patty Janes of Central Michigan University, will chair a new education committee for the nonprofit organization. The committee’s role is to review scholarship applications, make recommendations about policies and to advise the board on student and educational matters.

    Building on the strong tradition established by the National Tourism Foundation, Tourism Cares will award more than $40,000 this year in scholarships around the country. Other tourism professionals who will serve on this important committee are Ed Hall, Greater Rochester Visitors Association; Bill Underdown, Marriott Corporation; Dr. Mick LaLopa, Purdue University; Dr. Hannah Messerli, New York University; and Dr. Donald Hawkins, George Washington University.

    top of page

    DMOs, Do You Produce a Newsletter?

    If your company or business distributes a newsletter, let us know if you would like to receive NTA press releases via e-mail. Whether it’s the latest issue facing the Department of Homeland Security or emerging travel trends, NTA press releases provide story ideas that are relevant to both you and your clients.

    Contact NTA’s Public Relations Specialist, Sara Morton, via e-mail or call her at 800-682-8886, ext. 4418 (U.S. or Canada), or 859-226-4418 if you would like to be added to our distribution list.

    top of page

    Remembering Jack White Jr.

    Jack White Jr., described by the New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Michael Cerletti as a great advocate for tourism, died April 17 at age 64. He was a long-time NTA member and was the president of White’s City Inc., where he had worked since 1966, at the time of his death.

    Jack served on the Board of Economic Development and Tourism under two New Mexico governors and was named Mr. Tourism by New Mexico’s Hotel Motel Association in 1985. He was a charter inductee into the state’s Tourism Hall of Fame in 1997 and was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Tourism by the New Mexico Tour Association in 2002.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack H. White Jr. Scholarship Fund, 811 St. Michaels Drive, Suite 107, Santa Fe, NM 87505; or to the Eddy County Shrine Club, Crippled Children’s Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 135, Carlsbad, NM 88220.

    top of page

    Tourism Cares Awards Grant

    Thanks to funding provided by a grant from Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, N.Y., will offer a certificate program in accessible travel, through a partnership with the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH).

    The first class will begin its certification/training in fall 2005 and will focus on issues faced by the estimated 50 million Americans with some type of disability. Kingsborough’s tourism program enrolls more than 1,200 students who obtain training in travel, tourism, hospitality and food service.

    top of page

    « »