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Tuesday Newsletter

June 7, 2005

Tuesday Newsletter June 7, 2005
June 7, 2005: Volume 25; Issue 16

Today’s Headlines
  • Convention Sponsors Stand Out
  • NTA Becomes Strategic Partner of ASTA’s THETRADESHOW
  • Tour Director Status Issue – Your Help Needed
  • Hall of Fame Gala … Last Call
  • Product Development Trip to Germany Set for October
  • Sign Up Now for ".travel" Web Seminars
  • Welcome May New Members
  • New STAR Available at NTA Online
  • Remembering Earl Harmon
  • Profile Form Notebook Opportunity
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    Convention Sponsors Stand Out

    Sponsorship at NTA’s Annual Convention is a great way to get your name in front of the nearly 3,000 delegates that are expected to assemble in Detroit, Nov. 4-8. It’s nearly impossible to meet each delegate on the floor, but you can informally introduce them to your product or destination by making your company visible through a Convention sponsorship.

    Longtime sponsor Theresa Krieg of The Carolina Opry said, "In an industry that is built on relationships, an NTA sponsorship provides a way to get your name in front of an operator, even if you do not have an opportunity to meet them face to face. We are proud sponsors of NTA and believe it has helped our company in building tour operator relationships."

    To get involved through sponsorship, contact Karla DiNardo at karla.dinardo@ntastaff.com or click here to see a list of available sponsorships.

    NTA would like to thank its many dedicated Annual Convention sponsorship partners. Click here to view a list of your fellow members who are already on board as 2005 Convention sponsors.

    Better Business. Better Be There.

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    NTA Becomes Strategic Partner of ASTA’s THETRADESHOW

    NTA has signed on as the first strategic partner with the American Society of Travel Agents’ THETRADESHOW (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo), which will be held in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 10-13, 2006. As a strategic partner, NTA will be involved in all aspects of the show, from overall design to speakers to educational seminars. NTA members also will benefit by discounted exhibitor and registration fees.

    THETRADESHOW will be a three-day event featuring travel suppliers from all over the world, including tour operators, which represent every segment of the travel industry. Starting in 2006, the show will take place the second week of September every year and will alternate between Orlando (even-numbered years) and Las Vegas (odd-numbered years).

    "Our involvement with ASTA in THETRADESHOW is another exciting and major step forward in NTA’s effort to build member valued through alliances with other leaders in the travel industry," NTA Chairman and CEO Ann Thomas, CTP, said. "It also represents a new era in the longstanding relationship between our two associations, as travel agents and tour operators are natural partners. THETRADESHOW, with ASTA and NTA’s combined energy, provides a new and important venue for creating those partnerships between agents and NTA members."

    "We are thrilled to be able to count on NTA as a strategic partner in developing and holding THETRADESHOW next year in Orlando, and we are extremely pleased they were the first to sign on," ASTA President and CEO Kathy Sudeikis, CTC, said. "NTA is a leader in the industry, and its opinions and input will no doubt add greatly to the quality, and ultimately, the success of the new show format. By working together, we can ensure THETRADESHOW is a top-notch product for agents and suppliers, alike."

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    Tour Director Status Issue – Your Help Needed

    At the 2005 Grassroots Symposium last month, NTA members urged their Congressional representatives to contact the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the status of tour directors. More voices are needed, and you can help by writing your legislators and suggesting they contact the Department of Labor and encourage it to issue an opinion letter on the tour director overtime issue. An opinion letter from the Department of Labor would be a tremendous aid in stopping class action lawsuits brought by tour directors.

    Please do your part. A sample letter that you could send to members of Congress is available by clicking here. Once the letter has been sent, it is a good idea to follow up with your congressional office to see if they have sent a note on to the Department of Labor.

    If you have any questions or need any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your Government Relations Department at 800-682-8886, ext. 4250 (U.S. and Canada) or 859-226-4250.

    For more detailed information on the issue, click here.

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    Hall of Fame Gala … Last Call

    Today is the last day to make reservations for the 2005 Gala Hall of Fame Dinner in New York City. Visit http://www.tourismcaresfortomorrow.org/TourismCares/Programs/Hall+of+Fame.htm and sign up on-line, or call Sarah Graham Mann at 508-540-1990 for details.

    Don’t miss out! This will be the largest Hall of Fame dinner event ever, and your participation helps build the former National Tourism Foundation’s scholarship program now being managed under Tourism Cares for Tomorrow.

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    Product Development Trip to Germany Set for October

    Tour operators who wish to learn more about the culture and diversity of the Bavarian Region of Germany won’t want to miss NTA’s sixth Product Development Trip, which is scheduled for Oct. 6-12, 2005.

    Hosted by Bavaria Tourism, Munich Airport International and Beer Travel & Tours, this Product Development Trip will treat participants to six days in some of Germany’s most beautiful locales, including Regensburg, Kulmbach, Coburg, Bamberg, Würzburg, Füssen, Neuschwanstein and Lake Starnberg. The cost of the trip is $550 and includes airfare from any USAirways city, lodging, attraction tickets and most meals.

    The trip is open to full-time employees of NTA tour operators and limited to one per company (sorry, no spouses). The registration deadline is Sept. 1, and you can learn more or get signed up by clicking here. Questions should be directed to Eric Berger at Bavaria Tourism at 212-505-1893 or via e-mail at eric@peekmarketing.com Woody Peek at 615-778-9690 or via e-mail at woody@peekmarketing.com.

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    Sign Up Now for ".travel" Web Seminars

    To better prepare members for the upcoming authentication and application process necessary in obtaining a ".travel" domain name, NTA has scheduled two free Web seminars. There will be one session just for DMOs, since their registration process is a bit different, and a second session for tour operators and suppliers.

    Because most DMOs will be registering place names, there are some special considerations that need to be given with those applications. This information will be covered in the DMO-only Web seminar on Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. ET. If you are a DMO and would like to register for this session, click here.

    For tour operators and tour suppliers, the session is Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. ET. For any operator or supplier who would like to attend the Web seminar, please sign up by clicking here.

    More information on the ".travel" initiative is available by clicking here.

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    Welcome May New Members

    We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following companies who joined the NTA family during the month of May. Please take a minute to give them a call, send them an e-mail or visit their Web site so you can become familiar with your new prospective business partners.

    DMO
    Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Elgin, Ill.

    Tour Suppliers
    Adventure Aquarium, Camden, N.J.; Aristocrat Suite Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario; Avista Resorts, Orlando, Fla.; Commuter Express, Dearborn Heights, Mich.; Condon Food Company, Charleston, S.C.; Courtyard by Marriott-Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta; Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride-Rip Van Winkle Flyer Dinner Train, Stanford, N.Y.; Holiday Inn Express/Boston Milford, Milford, Mass.; Inn at Morro Bay, Morro Bay, Calif.; Lodge at Jackson Hole Best Western, Jackson, Wyo.; Ohio Travel Treasures, LLC., Cincinnati, Ohio; Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Reno, Nev.; Trapper Inn, Jackson, Wyo.; Westwego Swamp Adventures, Westwego, La.

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    New STAR Available at NTA Online

    The NTA Strategic Development Council has released a Strategic Travel Action Resource (STAR) on how to get the most for your membership dollars. This report looks at the many benefits provided through your NTA membership that can bolster your business, assist with your personal and professional growth or just save you money.

    To access the new STAR, visit the research section of NTA Online. In addition to learning more about ways to utilize your association benefits to the fullest, you’ll find this and many other STAR reports that can assist you in tracking trends, product development and much more.

    If you have any questions about the report or any of the programs detailed, contact your association at 800-682-8886 (U.S. and Canada), or 859-226-4444, or via e-mail at questions@ntastaff.com.

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    Remembering Earl Harmon

    Earl Harmon, of Boise, Idaho-based Harmon Tours, passed away June 3 after battling lung cancer.

    Harmon, who served as NTA’s president in 1979 and 1980, distinguished himself as a strong leader who focused much of his considerable energies on government relations. He also was instrumental in helping to develop the very positive relations NTA now enjoys with the National Park Service.

    There is a visitation the evening of Wednesday, June 8, at the Relyea Funeral Home in Boise. On Thursday, visitation will be held at 11 a.m. MT followed by the funeral at noon at Boise’s Meridian Idaho Stake Center on Ustick at Duane Road (between Cloverdale and Eagle roads).

    The family has requested that gifts in Earl’s name be made to the donor’s local Boy Scout troops. Cards and condolences can be sent to Harmon Tours, P.O. Box 7727, Boise, ID 83707.

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    Profile Form Notebook Opportunity

    The time is here to think about your presence at Annual Convention in November. The Profile Form Notebook is a sure way to get your company’s profile sheet into the hands of every attending tour operator.

    By choosing to pre-insert your profile sheet in the notebook, you not only will get your message out, but you also avoid having to ship boxes of informational sheets to Annual Convention. Advertising space is still available on the notebook’s tab dividers for some states and provinces.

    The artwork is due for tab divider pages Sept. 1 and the deadline for the notebook inserts is Sept. 15. Call 800-682-8886, ext. 4238 (U.S. and Canada), or 859-226-4238, or e-mail Darby Schulman for more information. Click here to view ad specs and mechanical requirements.

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