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Appointment Scheduling Starts Next Week | 21 iPad Tips and Tricks

September 4, 2012

Volume 32, Issue 36


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Appointment Scheduling Starts Next Week
It Can Do That?! iPad Tips and Tricks
Travel Exchange First-timer? Catch this Online Intro.
Market Focus: Adventure, Cruise, Family, Faith and Sports Tourism
Get Product Insight at Africa Tourism Day
Webinar on China-to-U.S. Market Set for Next Wednesday
3 Days Remain: Reach 1,500 Operators in November Courier!
Tourism Cares Creates Online Alumni Group
Industry News and Updates
NTA Job Center

Appointment Scheduling Starts Next Week  

Appointment scheduling for Travel Exchange starts Wednesday,ApptsClockCal Sept. 12. That’s one week from tomorrow! If you haven’t registered yet … it’s time.

It’s also time to be sure your online profile is current. If you’ve filled out the electronic survey emailed to you last week, you’re already a step ahead of the game! Remember, your online profile is your most important marketing tool, so make sure it’s up to date.  If you need help updating your profile, please email NTA Headquarters or call 859.264.6540.

A few things to keep in mind while making requests:

  • You can’t request appointments until you register. So get registered today!
  • You have until Dec. 14 to submit all requests.
  • The more requests you make, the greater your chance to receive more appointments!
  • Make sure you rank your requests in order of importance; your customized schedule will be created by request priority.
  • Do your research! Review member profiles to determine who you’d like to sit down with on the Exchange/Pavilion floor (and/or at social events).
  • View companies requesting to meet with you by clicking on "My Shopping List."
  • And, one last time … Update your online profile! Doing so will help you make better appointments.

Have fun scheduling and we’ll see you in Orlando! 

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It Can Do That?! iPad Tips and Tricks 

Do you know everything your iPad can do? Our latest "Do Big Things" blog post shows you how to take advantage of 21 underutilized and unexpected iPad features. With these simple tips and tricks, you can learn how to lock your iPad, better organize your icons, take a screenshot-even split your keyboard!

Read "It Can Do That?! 21 Tips & Tricks for Using your iPad" here. Enjoy! 

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Travel Exchange First-timer? Catch this Online Intro. 

If Travel Exchange is your first NTA convention (or if you just haven’t been in a while), join us for an introductory Webinar, either Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. ET or one week later, Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. ET. These free how-to sessions will helpFirstTimerBadge you prepare for the big event in Orlando by covering several topics:

  • Researching and arranging your business appointment requests
  • Understanding different business exchange sessions (Buyer to Buyer, Fast Pitch, Supplier Exchange)
  • Knowing your role in the Destination Pavilion
  • Working the Supplier Exchange and open floor format
  • Maximizing educational opportunities and social networking events

Anything we don’t cover, you can ask about during a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

You can participate from your office or any computer or phone:

Click Here to register for the Webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Click here to register for the Webinar taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Note: At a later date, the entire Webinar will be available for review online. You’ll be able to find it on the Travel Exchange website on the First-Timers Program page, under Schedule & Events.

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Market Focus: Adventure, Cruise, Family, Faith and Sports Tourism  

FocusKeep current on key industry segments with the articles below, each with a link to an NTA member or event. If you have a news story or educational article about your organization’s involvement in a key industry market, send it for possible republication to Kevin Wright, NTA’s director of growth markets.

Adventure Tourism
Kentucky Towns Looking to Boost Tourism on Nearby Trails and Rivers
NTA member to contact: Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism

Cruise Travel
Juneau Eyes Biggest Cruise Passenger Day
NTA member to contact: Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau

Family Travel
Family Affair—Feature Story on Family Travel (Travel Weekly)
NTA Event to Attend: Family Travel & Adventure Tourism Leaders Forum at Travel Exchange

Faith Tourism
Faith Travel Evolves into Diverse and Profitable Niche
NTA member to contact: Paul Larsen, Chair of NTA’s Faith Tourism Advisory Council

Sports Tourism
Travelers to be Honored with Induction into Baseball Stadium Hall of Fame
NTA member to contact: Sports Travel and Tours 

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Get Product Insight at Africa Tourism Day 

NTA tour operators are invited to Africa Tourism Day on Thursday, Sept. 27, at New York University in New Your City. This is the most prominent event in the United States for the Africa Travel Association, one of NTA’s strategic partners. Two sessions are offered:

Seventh Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism: Tourism leaders from across Africa, alongside senior representatives from the African Union, United Nations World Tourism Organization and International Council of Tourism Partners will participate in a forum titled "Benefits of Tourism on the Economy, Environment and People." The program includes a networking reception. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.  RSVP to

Second Annual Young Professionals Program Africa Tourism Roundtable: During "Leveraging Media to Promote African Destinations," young professionals from the travel industry and media, as well as university faculty and students, will engage in a lively discussion on implementing new media tools and strategies to best highlight African destinations. 2 to 4 p.m. ET. RSVP to

Steve Richer, NTA’s public affairs advocate, is planning a return visit to Africa Tourism Day. "NTA has a strong relationship with ATA, and at this program, leaders from Africa will give you useful information about African tourism product," Richer said.

For more details, including forum locations, follow this link.

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Webinar on China-to-U.S. Market Set for Next Wednesday 

Join a webinar on the fastest-growing top-10 tourism market to the United States: China. Presented by the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries and the U.S. Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team, the hourlong session will explore key traveler characteristics of the Chinese visitors and ways to tailor your approach to this market:

  • What are the trends in outbound travel from China?
  • What does the Chinese visitor profile look like?
  • What is the forecast for travel to the United States over the next five years?
  • What are the best practices in attracting Chinese visitors?
  • How can we use social media to influence Chinese travelers?
  • What are the latest developments on China visa facilitation?

The cost for the Webinar, set for Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. ET, is $50. To register or get detailed information about the presenters, follow this link. If you have questions, email Anastasia Xenias or Mark Brown.

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3 Days Remain: Reach 1,500 Operators in November Courier! 

To get your message in the hands of 1,500 qualified tour operators, you’d better act fast: The space deadline for the November issue of Courier is this Friday, Sept. 7.

The issue includes a special section on Sun & Sand and a Restaurants Guide, while the destination features will showcase India, America’s Historic East (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia), New Jersey, New York, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Las Vegas.

Be a part of the magazine that our tour operators rated No.1 in the industry! To reach your account executive call 859.264.6559 or email NTA Services for more information.

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Tourism Cares Creates Online Alumni Group 

Tourism Cares past scholarship recipients now have a resource to establish and maintain valuable networking connections with fellow recipients. The organization (NTA’s official charity) has launched an alumni networking group through LinkedIn Tourism Caresexclusively for Tourism Cares scholarship recipients, going back two decades. The group, Tourism Cares Alumni, engages in networking, job/internship postings, discussion forum and Tourism Cares updates, with the goal of facilitating scholarship recipients’ journeys from classroom to careers.

Discussion forums have already begun, with recipients expressing appreciation to NTA for both the scholarship and the mentoring program. One recipient wrote, "I won last year, and the NTA Conference exposed me to the tour operator aspect of the industry, which really intrigued me. I will now be interning in Ecuador with a tour company until December-thanks to NTA piquing my interest!"

Tourism Cares invites all past scholarship recipients to join the Tourism Cares Alumni group on LinkedIn.

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Industry News and Updates 

  • Don’t tie those shoes too tight; you’ll need to keep removing them at airport security checkpoints. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration concluded that of the four shoe-scanning devices being tested, none met their security standards.
  • For the first half of 2012, U.S. outbound travel to overseas markets was up 8 percent, while travel to North American markets (Canada and Mexico) rose 1 percent.
  • Many U.S. airport terminals are being upgraded to first class. And while improvements aren’t necessarily netting short-term increases, these facilities are set for the long haul.

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NTA Job Center

Travel Alberta seeks a Business Development Director, Travel Trade USA.

Travel Alberta is the tourism marketing agency of the Government of Alberta that isAlbertaTravelLogo poised for its journey of excellence to become Canada’s pre-eminent tourism marketing agency. 

As a Business Development Director with Travel Alberta, you support the tourism marketing efforts of Alberta, Canada, within the United States. You establish, maintain and support relationships with travel trade accounts; plan Alberta events and training for travel trade; and promote Alberta through various sales and marketing initiatives and strategic marketing partnerships. 

Your knowledge of the tourism industry and ability to work with large organizations will enable you to act with conviction while providing strategic comments on the promotion of Alberta with the Travel Trade market. Your demonstrated business success and travels within the U.S. will enable you to develop new industry relations, utilize existing industry relations and create awareness for Alberta in the U.S. Your energy and leadership will help position Travel Alberta to be at the forefront of Canada’s travel industry by facilitating and assisting in the development of positive stakeholder relations, marketing and service programs.

To apply to this three-year term contract, e-mail a résumé and cover letter to by Sept. 16, 2012.

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