March 14, 2006
Tuesday Newsletter, March 14, 2006
Volume 26: Issue 11
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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.
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:
- 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!
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:
Click here to learn more about how you can benefit from getting involved with NTA’s recruitment rewards program.
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 karla.dinardo@NTA.travel.
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.
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 matt.grayson@NTA.travel, or by calling 800.682.8886, ext. 4250 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4250.
In case you missed the announcement last week, NTA has activated its ".travel" domain name and its Web site address is now http://www.nta.travel/. Additionally, all NTA staff members have new ".travel" e-mail addresses – firstname.lastname@NTA.travel.
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.
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.