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Travel Associations Collaborate to Leverage Voice for Packaged Travel

July 8, 2008


Sara Morton


July 8, 2008


Travel Associations Collaborate to Leverage Voice for Packaged Travel


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seven travel organizations came together June 23 in Washington, D.C., in the spirit of cooperation to discuss ways to leverage the collective voice for packaged travel. The associations established five areas for collaborative work in the future including government relations, research, airline issues, sustainable travel and promoting the use of professional travel providers.


This first meeting of the coalition, hosted by SYTA, was held in cooperation with the NTA Grassroots Symposium. It involved volunteer and staff leaders from the American Bus Association, the American Society of Travel Agents, the National Tour Association, the Ontario Motor Coach Association and Motor Coach Canada, the Receptive Services Association of America, the Student and Youth Travel Association and the Travel Industry Association. The Travel Industry Association of Canada, the United Motorcoach Association and the United States Tour Operators Association also have committed to be a part of the coalition.


For each of the areas of focus, champions were named to each area to oversee the work, and the group plans to meet later this year to review progress. These issues and the coordinating associations are:

1. Government Relations – NTA

2. Research and Trends – NTA

3. Sustainable Travel – ABA and ASTA

4. Airline Issues – NTA and USTOA

5. Promoting use of professional travel providers – SYTA and USTOA

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 34 countries, and tour and travel packagers of all types, including a group, independent, student, and more. To learn more, please visit

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