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Tuesday Newsletter

August 2, 2005

Tuesday Newsletter August 2, 2005
August 2, 2005: Volume 25; Issue 24

Today’s Headlines
  • Chris’ Corner
  • Looking for Some Publicity Tips
  • Nominations from the Floor Update
  • Tour Operators, Find Up-to-Date Directory Information Online
  • Free Internship Postings on Tourism Cares Web Site
  • Franconia Part of Bavarian Region Trip
  • 2005/2006 Membership Directory Addendum
  • Tourism Cares Awards New Grants
  • NTA Announces Wine & Cheese Reception
  • NTA Job Center

    Chris’ Corner

    This is the third installment of Chris’ Corner, a series of articles that will appear in Tuesday leading up to Annual Convention, in which 2005 Convention Chair Chris Shepler shares his thoughts.

    One of my favorite things at NTA Convention is Michigan Rocks for Tomorrow – formerly Michigan Rocks the Foundation. As many of you know, the National Tourism Foundation became part of the consolidated organization Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, which now presents this marquee Convention event. We’re set for Saturday night, Nov. 5, to get down to the Motown sound!

    No matter what group puts on this event, it is always a lot of fun. The music is great, unlike my dancing, but I still love cutting loose a little. The fact that the proceeds go to help fund things like scholarships for students is a major bonus. One of the exciting things this year is that we’re headed back to the Hard Rock Café. The Hard Rock is such a cool place and is the perfect venue for Michigan Rocks for Tomorrow. So bring your dancing shoes and mark your calendar – this is really a night you can’t afford to miss. This great event brings good friends together as well as benefits the scholarship program for Tourism Cares.

    So, make sure you sign up right away for what will be another rockin’ edition of this must-attend event. Tickets are available on the Tourism Cares Web site. Oh, and while you are there, go ahead and donate an item to one of the Tourism Cares auctions to be held at Annual Convention.

    See you on the dance floor!

    Better Business. Better Be There.

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    Looking for Some Publicity Tips?

    The NTA Communications Department offers a variety of services for you. Besides relaying association and industry news to trade and consumer media outlets, we also prepare hometown news releases you can use to generate coverage for your company. Here are some ways we can help:

  • NTA can assist you with any media inquiries you receive and help you build your media presence in your own community.
  • You can visit the member forums to view media queries NTA receives from interested reporters who need and want your material. (Note: You will need your member ID and password)
  • Check out the Media Center which is designed for reporters, but has helpful tools you can use.
  • NTA has created templates for you to use when attending the Annual Convention, Tour Operator Spring Meet, Grassroots Symposium and more.

    If you have any ideas of ways the NTA Communications Department can better assist you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact NTA’s Public Relations Specialist at with your suggestions. Don’t forget to let us know if you would like to receive future NTA news releases.

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    Nominations from the Floor Update

    It is NTA’s policy, under specified guidelines, to permit individuals’ names to be placed into nomination, in addition to those brought forth by the Nominating Committee. These nominations for 2006 NTA Board of Directors seats are referred to as "nominations from the floor."

    Anyone interested in such a nomination should contact Todd Hamilton at 800-682-8886, ext. 4205 (U.S. and Canada) or 859-226-4205 for details concerning required guidelines. A nomination from the floor much be received in writing at NTA Headquarters no later than Aug. 5.

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    Tour Operators, Find Up-to-Date Directory Information Online

    If you want a more convenient way to access the most updated information on tour supplier and DMOs, just log onto the NTA Online DMO/Tour Supplier Search. This powerful search engine has been updated and streamlined to make it easier to find suppliers and destinations you need.

    Just click on the DMO/Tour Supplier Search link on the NTA Online home page and enter your ID and password. You can search for companies by typing in your criteria, including company name, contact name, location and type of business. There also is advanced search, 80 sortable by such options as amenities offered, hotel type, restaurant type and supplier type.

    Clicking on the company name will take you to that company’s NTA Online profile, which includes contact information and a company description. There also is a convenient link to the company’s Web site.

    If you have questions, an NTA Online team member is always ready to help. Just call 800-682-8886 (U.S. and Canada) or 859-226-4444, or send an e-mail to

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    Free Internship Postings on Tourism Cares Web Site

    As a benefit of NTA’s association with Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, you’re invited to post your company’s internship opportunities free on the Tourism Cares Web site. An internship is a unique opportunity, which offers experience to youthful, eager and enthusiastic college students interested in learning about the tour and travel industry on a first-hand basis.

    Tourism students throughout the United States and Canada will view this site. Posting an internship is quick and easy, just go to and click on "How You Can Help."

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    Franconia Part of Bavarian Region Trip

    Known as "Germany in miniature," Franconia is a land of rich history, stunning scenery and cultural impact. This German microcosm is part of the itinerary for NTA’s Product Development Trip to Germany’s Bavarian Region, Oct. 6-12, 2005.

    Some of the major cities comprising Franconia include Nuremberg, Dinkelsbühl, Kulmbach, Bamberg, Würzburg and Eichstätt. The area features numerous historic buildings, is a mecca for music and beer festivals, and abounds with natural beauty.

    The cost of the trip is $550 (U.S.) – including airfare from any USAirways city, lodging, attraction tickets and most meals – and you can sign up by clicking here. It is open to full-time employees of NTA tour operators and is limited to one per company (sorry, no spouses). All questions should be directed to Eric Berger at Bavaria Tourism at 212-505-1893 or via e-mail at or to Woody Peek at 615-778-9690 or via e-mail at

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    2005/2006 Membership Directory Addendum

    NTA apologizes to the following members for their incorrect listings or omissions in the 2005-2006 Membership Directory. All members are encouraged to note the following corrections in their directories:

    California Tourism
    Pg. 150
    Terry Selk
    980 9th Street
    Suite 480
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Fax: 916.444.0410

    Harlin Group International
    Pg. 12

    Harlin Group International
    Pg. 229
    5780 Crystal Bay West Drive
    Plainfield, IN 46168

    Hyatt Regency Montreal
    Pg. 94
    Jenny Arnaiz

    Red Jacket Resorts
    Pg. 276
    In South Yarmouth this listing was misprinted as Red Jacket Inns. The correct name of the company is Red Jacket Resorts.

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    Tourism Cares Awards New Grants

    Tourism Cares for Tomorrow is proud to announce its latest grant recipients in the areas of tourism-related preservation and conservation. As part of its mission, Tourism Cares distributes charitable grants to worthy nonprofit organizations worldwide for either capital improvements or appropriate programs.

    The following projects received a $10,000 grant from Tourism Cares this quarter – B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, Md.; Cornerstones, Santa Fe, N.M.; Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum, Cambridge City, Ind.; Inca Nani Project, Peru; Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Old Carolina Road, Gettysburg, Pa., to Monticello, Va.; and The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, Calif.

    Letters of inquiry for grants are reviewed quarterly, and by year’s end, Tourism Cares will have distributed more than $200,000. For information on grant recipients, grant making guidelines and the application process, please visit Tourism Cares for Tomorrow.

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    NTA Announces Wine & Cheese Reception

    For the first time, NTA will host a Wine & Cheese Reception showcasing wines from member destinations. Join our sponsors, The Berkely Group, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, in this event that’s sure to be a hit with the delegates. The Wine & Cheese Reception will be held opening night of the Annual Convention and is a great way to create excitement about your destination.

    Sponsorship of this event is $7,500, and sponsors are to provide 50 bottles of wine (25 white, 25 red). In addition to getting the word out on your wines, sponsors are entitled to a booth in the Convention Mall area. Act now, because three of the 10 sponsorships sold within one week.

    Click here for more information on this exciting new event. To reserve your sponsorship, call 800-682-8886, ext. 4232 (U.S. and Canada) or 859-226-4232 or e-mail

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    NTA Job Center

    Position Available – Managing Director

    The Gettysburg Adams County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is accepting applications for the position of managing director. Individual must be knowledgeable in tourism, administration and management. Preferable applicants will hold a four-year degree or equivalent experience. Please send resume, complete with salary requirements and references to:

    Ms. Nancy Brown
    Human Resource Committee
    Gettysburg Village Main Office
    1863 Gettysburg Village Drive
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    fax: 717-337-9708


    Ms. Andrea Proulx
    President GCVB
    Historic Gettysburg Hotel
    One Lincoln Square
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    fax: 717-337-2075

    If you have a listing to post in the NTA Job Center section of Tuesday, please e-mail NTA Communications Specialist Pat Henderson. The cost is $250 and your ad will run in two consecutive issues. The association will send an invoice upon publication of the posting.

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