September 26, 2006
Tuesday Newsletter Sept. 26, 2006
Volume 26: Issue 39
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced that it is partially lifting its ban against carrying liquids and gels onto airliners. Liquids purchased in secure areas of the airport will be allowed, and travelers will be able to bring some toiletries in quart-sized freezer bags. Security requirements were adjusted after a plot to bomb jets flying into the United States was foiled in August.
Items such as lip gloss and hand lotion have been confiscated at security checkpoints. Now, these products will be limited to 3-ounce sizes and must fit in a clear, 1-quart sized plastic bag. The bags will be screened and returned if they are cleared. To see the full text of the updated U.S. requirements, click here.
Last week, the United Kingdom also announced changes to its security measures. The UK Department of Transport updated its carry-on requirements for passengers, including provisions regarding liquids, carry-on baggage, electrical items and musical instruments.
The NTA Board of Directors gathered Sept. 16 and 17 in St. Louis, Mo., home of Chairman Judith Thomas, CTP, for its September board session. Some of the key actions included approving the 2007 Nominating Committee, selecting this year’s Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and approving the association’s operating budget for 2007.
Click here to see a detailed recap of the board meeting.
During the four days of business appointments in Salt Lake City, three appointment scheduling sessions will be offered to help all delegates add more appointments. The sessions will take place during the first 30 minutes of the Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday Exchanges.
The following questions, which outline the parameters for the sessions, are answered in a Q&A document:
If you have any questions related to appointment scheduling sessions or other aspects of the NTA Convention, e-mail questions@NTA.travel or call your Member Services team at 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4444.
Each year, the success of the NTA Convention is largely due to the overwhelming generosity of so many sponsors. From meal functions to registration bags and seminars to afternoon treats in the Convention Mall, NTA members that sponsor help make your Convention experience more enjoyable.
Please join us in recognizing the 2006 host city and its partners:
Please join us in recognizing the 2006 Platinum level sponsors:
- Best Western International Inc.
Destination Arkansas/Little Rock CVB
Missouri Division of Tourism
Theatre Direct International
I Love NY Vacations
NTA would like to thank the more than 100 NTA member organizations for their contributions to the success of the 2006 Annual Convention. Click here for a full list of 2006 sponsors.
Better Business. Better Be There.
NTA Government and Industry Relations Director Matt Grayson attended PATA Travel Mart, the trade show of the Pacific Asia Travel Association held recently in Hong Kong. During the show, Grayson had a chance to help build relationships with PATA buyers and sellers, in addition to learning more about the expanding Asian outbound market.
Grayson also attended the PATA Board of Directors meeting and made a brief presentation to the PATA Marketing Committee. The presentation included an overview of NTA and highlighted several possible areas of cooperation between the two associations, including the visa process for inbound Asian visitors to the United States.
Click here to see a list of trade shows that NTA representatives regularly attend.
NTA can help you spread the word if your company’s contact information recently changed. Whether you are moving to a new office and changing addresses permanently, or being forced to relocate temporarily due to a fire or natural disaster, NTA can help pass along your current contact information to other members.
Temporary updates should be sent to Pat Henderson, NTA’s communications specialist, via e-mail at pat.henderson@NTA.travel or by calling 800.682.8886, ext. 4425 (U.S and Canada) or 859.226.4425. If it is a permanent change, please click here and use your login name and password to update your contact information on NTA.travel.
A former NTA member, Duke Marcoccio of Duke’s Tours in Rhode Island, is on the current edition of CBS’ adventure/reality show, "The Amazing Race." Marcoccio and his daughter are one of 12 teams that are competing for the $1 million prize on the Emmy-winning show, which debuted Sunday, Sept. 17.
"The Amazing Race" airs each Sunday night on CBS throughout the fall and, in the first two episodes, teams have traveled to China and Mongolia. You can click here to view biographic information on Duke and his daughter from the CBS Web site, in addition to keeping track of how they are doing.
To see additional NTA Family News, please click here to go to the specially created page at NTA.travel. If you have similar information you’d like to share with your NTA colleagues – new grandchild, milestone birthday or anniversary or some other personal highlight – please forward it to NTA Communications Specialist Pat Henderson via e-mail at pat.henderson@NTA.travel and it will be posted on the NTA Family News page.
Next week’s issue of Tuesday will be the annual all-Convention edition. It will include stories to help prepare you for NTA’s Annual Convention, which takes place Nov. 3-7 in Salt Lake City.
The Tourism Cares auctions are always popular events at the NTA Annual Convention. A unique item for this year is the "Ultimate Las Vegas Getaway," donated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The package includes:
The package showcases the best of the region from air and ground transportation to lodging, shopping, entertainment and meals. The high bidder is guaranteed a memorable visit to one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and the LVCVA benefits by being able to promote its region and many amenities available to visitors. Tourism Cares greatly appreciates the generosity of the LVCVA.
If you are a tour operator, tour supplier or DMO, consider donating an inclusive package. In addition to helping Tourism Cares, your donation will highlight the best your region or destination has to offer. Click here to donate, and be sure to check out the wonderful items in the auction so far. Please call Tourism Cares at 781.821.5990 with any questions.
The October issue of Courier is the biggest issue of the year, and it is an especially beautiful one. Great photography highlights our Salt Lake City feature, which is surrounded by must-read Convention info on schedules, tips and insights from veterans, seminar and Fam tour descriptions, Dine-around specifics and more.
The October trip planners on the Great Plains states and Scandanavia, as well as our travel guides on the New England states, are expanded with more detail than ever on what’s popular and what’s new. Make sure to read through the annual election section, which contains responses from our 2007 candidates to questions regarding their qualifications and vision for NTA. Finally, don’t miss our interview with 2006 Convention Chair Barb Bowman. Did you know she sought out wild gorillas in the jungles of Rwanda?
December Issue: Tour Operator Spring Meet Preview Issue – Ad Space: Sept. 27; Editorial: Past
Tour Operator Spring Meet Preview Issue; Military History; The Rockies (Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, Idaho, Montana & Utah); Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge); Alabama; Florida; Louisiana; Mississippi.
January Issue: Post-Convention – Ad Space: Oct. 27; Editorial: Past
2006 Convention Coverage; Cruising: Overnight/Daytrips; Antebellum South (Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina & Tennessee); British Isles & Ireland; Alaska; British Columbia; California; Hawaii; Nevada; Oregon; Washington.
February Issue – Ad Space: Nov. 20; Editorial: Oct. 1
Casinos/Gaming; Ecotourism; Atlantic Coast (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina & Virginia); Continental Europe; Alberta; Manitoba & Saskatchewan; Idaho; Montana; North Dakota; South Dakota; Wyoming.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Autry National Center – Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn/Universal City – Greater Birmingham CVB – Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Association – Boyds Bear Country – Callaway Gardens – Chelsea Premium Outlets – Chicago CTB – Coach USA – Colorado Springs CVB – FamilySearch Center/Library and Mormon Historic Sites – Foxwoods Resort Casino – The George Washington University – Historic Temple Square LDS Church – Indianapolis Museum of Art – John G. Shedd Aquarium – Greater Louisville CVB – Maid of the Mist – Menopause The Musical – Norfolk CVB – Northwest Connecticut CVB – Pala Casino Spa and Resort – Patricia Grand Resort Hotels – Philadelphia CVB – Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism – Port Arthur CVB – Sacramento CVB – Salt Lake City CVB – Sears Tower Skydeck – Top of the Rock – Tourisme Quebec – Treasure Island Resort & Casino – Utah Olympic Park – Virginia Beach CVB – VisitBritain – Wales Tourist Board – Yankee Candle Company