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Tuesday Newsletter

March 14, 2006

Tuesday Newsletter, March 14, 2006
Volume 26: Issue 11

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Today’s Headlines
  • NTA "Guide to Seller of Travel Laws" Updated for 2006
  • Tour Operators: Louisville Awaits
  • Benefit Basics: Member Recruitment Brings Rewards
  • NTA Seeks Additional Credit Card Processor
  • Tourism Cares Hall of Fame Dinner Coming Up
  • Last Call for Spring Meet Auction Items
  • NTA Has Moved to ".travel"
  • Reserve Your June Courier Advertising Space Today

    NTA "Guide to Seller of Travel Laws" Updated for 2006

    The publication no tour operator should be without, the "Guide to Seller of Travel Laws," has been updated for 2006. The guide highlights those U.S. states and Canadian provinces that currently have a seller of travel law and details what a tour operator must do to be in compliance with those regulations.

    If you need to register to sell travel, you must obtain a seller of travel number or obtain a bond from the states and provinces that regulate the sale of packaged travel. The publication has all the information you need so you can be in compliance with these various regulations. To see the updated 2006 guide, click here.

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    Tour Operators: Louisville Awaits

    It’s time to get packing for the 2006 Tour Operator Spring Meet, March 22-25. The event kicks off next Wednesday in Louisville, Ky. Here are several last minute tips to get you prepared for your trip to the Bluegrass state:

  • Weather in Louisville: According to, average temperatures in Louisville in March are 57 (high) and 37 (low).
  • What to Pack: Plenty of business cards, casual clothes and comfy shoes for sightseeing tours on Wednesday and Friday. Overall, attire for Spring Meet is casual.
  • Airport Shuttle Service: Complimentary shuttle service for the 15-minute transfer between the Galt House Hotel & Suites and the Louisville International Airport will be available to delegates on the following days:
      Tuesday, March 21; 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
      Wednesday, March 22; 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
      Sunday, March 26; 4:45 a.m.-Noon

    If you have questions related to the 2006 Spring Meet, visit the dedicated Web site or contact your Member Services team at 800.682.8886, ext. 4444 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4444.

    Spring Meet – it’s all about you!

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    Benefit Basics: Member Recruitment Brings Rewards

    Growth benefits the entire association by building a stronger voice in the industry and by providing you with more potential business partners. Not only does the association gain when you refer a new member, but you will, too. If you refer a new tour operator member, you’ll receive $100 off NTA Annual Convention registration through the recruitment rewards program.

    The following members have contributed to the association’s growth since the start of 2006 by referring a company that has joined the NTA ranks:

  • Marian Smith, CTP, Alternative Tours – East Coast Receptive Operator
  • Dawn Arbani, Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
  • Jody Woodin, CTP, CHA, The Georgian Resort
  • Claire Gale, Jekyll Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Karen Pitcherello, Mears Transportation
  • Kelly Dean, Ottawa Tourism
  • Natalie Clawson, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • David Kaufman, CTP, Vermont Tourism Network
  • Vicki Blatt, WIH Hotels LLC

    Click here to learn more about how you can benefit from getting involved with NTA’s recruitment rewards program.

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    NTA Seeks Additional Credit Card Processor

    Your association endorses certain companies offering products or services to NTA members at discounted rates. Currently, NTA endorses Paymentech as the official corporate partner for credit card processing in North America. However, the Paymentech agreement is non-exclusive and, therefore, we are seeking additional referrals for companies offering discounted credit card processing services – specifically companies with an interest in the travel and tourism industry.

    If you are currently working with a credit card processor at the national level and are pleased with the service and rates you receive, please share your information so that we may explore an arrangement for other NTA members. Please submit the company name, contact name and phone number via e-mail to Karla DiNardo at

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    Tourism Cares Hall of Fame Dinner Coming Up

    Two outstanding travel and tourism professionals – Bob Dickinson and the late Dave Herren – will be inducted into the Tourism Cares for Tomorrow Hall of Fame at a banquet on May 11 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. Discounted rooms, along with individual tickets and tables of 10 in preferred and premium locations are available.

    Sponsorships also are being sought for the gala black tie event, which will recognize the achievements of Dickinson, who serves as president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, and Herren, who was an executive vice president of The Mark Travel Corporation and a former chairman of the National Tourism Foundation.

    For more information on reservations and sponsorships, click here.

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    Last Call for Spring Meet Auction Items

    With the Tour Operator Spring Meet just days away, this is the last call for you to donate an item or travel package for the Government Relations Silent Auction. Proceeds will benefit the association’s Government Issues Fund, and last year the 12 auction items brought in more than $5,500.

    The Government Issues Fund helps make your voice heard in Washington D.C. It supports association advocacy efforts, the annual Grassroots Symposium, the legislative tracking service and the Travel Council for Fair Competition, as well as funding NTA’s work on the tour director issue.

    To donate a tour package or item, please contact Matt Grayson, NTA’s director of government relations, right away via e-mail at, or by calling 800.682.8886, ext. 4250 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4250.

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    NTA Has Moved to ".travel"

    In case you missed the announcement last week, NTA has activated its ".travel" domain name and its Web site address is now Additionally, all NTA staff members have new ".travel" e-mail addresses –

    If you want to find out more about the ".travel" initiative or sign up to secure your domain name, NTA is still your source. Click here or call your Member Services Department at 800.682.8886, ext. 4444 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4444 to find out how you can register.

    Also, make sure to update your address books with the new e-mail address of your NTA staff contact. If you don’t know who you staff buddy is, call Member Services at the number listed above.

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    Reserve Your June Courier Advertising Space Today

    The June 2006 issue of Courier offers plenty of ways to get your company maximum exposure through advertising and, with the space reservation deadline coming up March 31, don’t wait to reserve your space.

    The June feature stories will focus on Native American, First Nations and Western Heritage and Active/Adventure Travel. The monthly travel guides will showcase Maryland/D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the trip planners will highlight the Canadian Maritimes & Quebec – New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec – and the Gulf Coast – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. From east to west and north to south, this issue covers it all.

    For more detailed information, or to reserve your prime space now, call 800.682.8886, ext. 4238 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4238 and talk to your account executive. Click here to view information on other upcoming issues of Courier.

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