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Tuesday Newsletter – July 14, 2009

July 14, 2009

Volume 29, Issue 28 

Tuesday’s title sponsor is BusRates.com
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Interested in advertising in Tuesday? E-mail Kelley Burchell at kelley.burchell@NTAstaff.com.

TODAY’S ARTICLES
Appointment Scheduling for Convention ’09 Opens Tomorrow
Convention Webinar for Tour Operators is July 22
2010 Board of Directors Candidates Announced; Floor Nomination Period Open
Tour Operators: Track and Win
Call for Sustainable Best Practice Submissions
NTA Teams with UMA, BusRates.com
Bob Everidge Award Nomination Deadline is Aug. 7
Reach Chinese Travel Agents at COTTM through NTA’s U.S. Pavilion
NTA Appeals for Solution to California State Parks Funding Issue
Tourism Cares Supports Past Tourism Cares for America Destination
Showcase Your Company at NTA’s Inaugural Casino Night at Convention
The Profile Form Notebook: Your Link to NTA Tour Operators
NTA Job Center: Tourism Cares

   
 

Appointment Scheduling for Convention ’09 Opens Tomorrow

The appointment request system for Convention ’09 opens tomorrow (July 15) on the Convention Web site at noon (ET). Once the system goes live, you can begin researching and preparing your list of appointment requests for Convention, which will take place Nov. 14-18 in Reno, Nevada, and you can update it as often as you’d like until Oct. 9.

Tour suppliers, your Tour & Travel Exchange appointments (10 minutes) will be scheduled by the system as usual. Any of your appointments not scheduled for the Tour & Travel Exchange will automatically be slated for the NTA Fast Pitch (5 minute) prescheduled appointment session. So, be sure to submit a complete list of appointment requests in order to get more appointments during Fast Pitch.

Remember, your business appointments will only be as good as the request list you create. To learn more about how appointments are scheduled, click here.

Please contact your NTA Member Services Team at +1.800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.226.4444 with any questions.

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Convention Webinar for Tour Operators is July 22

Over the past two weeks, NTA has conducted a series of Webinars regarding its 2009 Annual Convention in Reno, Nevada. The final session, which is for tour operators, will take place Wednesday, July 22.

The seminar will provide details on many of the enhancements to Convention ’09, including the format and length of Tour & Travel Exchange appointments, the Destination Pavilion, the co-location with WRTA’s Expo and the many discounts that are available. The one-hour Webinar will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Tour operators can sign up for the July 22 session, which will start at 2:30 p.m. (ET), by clicking here. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the streamlined, affordable NTA Convention.

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2010 Board of Directors Candidates Announced; Floor Nomination Period Open

The NTA Nominating Committee met July 9 and nominated the following candidates to run in the 2010 Board elections.

Candidates also can be nominated by eligible voters to run from the floor, as long as they are submitted by 5 p.m. (ET) Aug. 14. For more information on the floor nomination process or to nominate someone to run from the floor, contact NTA Director of Industry and Government Relations Matt Grayson at 800.682.8886, ext. 4250 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.226.4250.

The 2010 NTA Board election candidates are:


Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect

  • Jim Reddekopp Jr., Fly Away Holidays Inc.

Treasurer/Secretary

  • Nick Calderazzo, RMP Travel

Tour Operators (three seats)

  • Jorge Cazenave, Cazenave Argentina
  • Anne Davis, CTP, Cruises and Tours Worldwide
  • Othmar Grueninger, Grueninger Tours and Cruises Inc.
  • Mahen Sanghrajka, Big Five Tours and Expeditions Inc.
  • Caria Tomczykowska, California Tour Consultants Inc.

 

Tour Suppliers (one seat)

  • Neil Amrine, Guide Service of Washington Inc.
  • Judie Blair, Blair Hotels
  • Chuck Carter, Red Lion Hotels Corp.
  • Dean Golden, West Valley Charter Line Inc.
  • Bob Morris, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
  • Paul Nakamoto, Roaring Camp Railroads

 

DMOs (one seat)

  • George Cooley, Destination DC
  • Dannion Cunning, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
  • Larry Friedman, Nevada Commission on Tourism
  • Jennifer Sutcliffe, Arizona Office of Tourism

 

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Tour Operators: Track and Win

Now, more than ever, NTA’s DMO members need tracking data to ensure that they are available to provide valuable services and information to all tour operators. NTA makes it easy through its online ROI/Tracking E-mail System. Operators can log on, select the member DMOs in areas they just visited and send their information. It’s really that easy.

To add a little fun, any operator who sends a tracking e-mail through the system between now and Oct. 31 will be eligible to win an up-front, reserved seat at the Theatre Direct Broadway.com/groups luncheon during Convention ’09 in Reno, Nevada. Operators receive an entry into the drawing each time they send an e-mail, so the more they help out their DMO colleagues, the more chances they’ll have to be near the stage for all of the fun and color of Broadway at this popular Convention event.

For questions about NTA’s ROI/Tracking E-mail System, contact NTA Vice President of Marketing Lisa Thompson. Winners will be announced in the Nov. 3 issue of Tuesday.

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Call for Sustainable Best Practice Submissions

Sustainable Travel International and NTA are collecting examples of industry leaders and innovators who are actively implementing sustainable tourism strategies. This information will be used in a series of member profiles that will appear in Tuesday and possibly other NTA publications.

Best practices submissions should detail how your company is protecting the environment, preserving cultural heritage and/or contributing to economic development. By definition, a best practice is a process, technique or innovative use of resources that results in outstanding and measurable improvement in the operation or performance of your business.

If you would like to showcase your knowledge and how your company is making a difference, send your 250-word submissions to STI President Brian Mullis. Things you may want to address include:

  • A description of your best practices, including detailed information and highlights, related policies, etc.
  • What was the genesis of this best practice?
  • How has it helped your company achieve its goals and objectives?
  • What measurable/tangible impacts have resulted from your best practices?
  • What are the benefits to the company, your guests and the destinations where you operate?
  • What were the challenges that you encountered in implementing your program and how did you overcome them?
  • What lessons did you learn from the implementation of your best practices that could be helpful to others?

 

We look forward to hearing from you and promoting your company’s sustainable efforts.

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NTA Teams with UMA, BusRates.com

NTA’s partner, the United Motorcoach Association, recently partnered with BusRates.com-a dynamic Web site where consumers and tour operators can go to research and request quotes from UMA’s charter bus operator members. Since BusRates.com includes more than 4,500 verified company listings and is visited by more than 90,000 consumers per month, NTA and UMA knew that developing this relationship could bring more opportunities to each association’s members.

First, to help NTA tour operators gain exposure to the massive number of consumers visiting the site, UMA has put an NTA logo on the homepage of the site. Above the logo is information and a link that takes consumers to the NTA consumer Web site where they can search for tour operators to help them plan their next trip.

Secondly, NTA tour operators seeking quotes for motorcoach equipment can link to BusRates.com from the NTAonline.com homepage by clicking the BusRates.com banner ad or the "Action Required" tab. It’s a great way to find information on equipment types, safety ratings and amenities and is a good place to get quotes from up to 20 companies with just a few clicks. And, because everyone on BusRates.com is a member of UMA, you know you’re working with the finest motorcoach providers in packaged travel.

For more information, please visit http://www.busrates.com/ or contact Mark Greer. Learn more about UMA by visiting http://www.uma.org/.

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Bob Everidge Award Nomination Deadline is Aug. 7

Nominations for the seventh Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 2009 NTA Convention this November, are due Aug. 7. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding, ongoing contributions to NTA and its members and can be made by any person employed by an NTA-member company. Previous recipients include Lois Anderson, Bill Shepler, Jim Santini, John Shaffer, Pete Anderson, Jim Host and Ann Thomas.

Nominations should be submitted to NTA Executive Assistant Celeste Moore for members who display active dedication to the mission of NTA and seek the best for its members; make extensive volunteer contributions to NTA and its members; consistently conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with the ethics, quality and sense of community espoused by NTA; and are involved in the travel industry beyond NTA to further the interests of NTA and its members.

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Reach Chinese Travel Agents at COTTM through NTA’s U.S. Pavilion

For the second consecutive year, NTA will organize the United States pavilion at the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market, which will be held April 28-30, 2010, in Beijing. At the 2009 show, NTA and eight of its members met with hundreds of the 4,000 Chinese industry representatives attending the business-to-business show.

For more information on the event and how you can participate in this unique opportunity to gain access to Chinese travel buyers, contact NTA Director of Industry and Government Relations Matt Grayson at 800.682.8886, ext. 4250 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.226.4250.

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NTA Appeals for Solution to California State Parks Funding Issue

On July 6, NTA appealed to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and leading members of the state assembly to keep the state park system open for tour operators and other businesses that depend upon it. The letter was sent in response to a proposal that would close all of the sites in the state’s extensive park system in the near future.

"NTA and its more than 300 California-based tour operators, tour suppliers and destinations implore you to find a way to keep the California state park system open. These attractions are vital components to many tour operator itineraries and critical to local destinations and their economies," said NTA President Lisa Simon, CTP.

NTA will continue to monitor the situation and has pledged to provide supporting information to California legislators if requested.

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Tourism Cares Supports Past Tourism Cares for America Destination

Globus, a worldwide leader in travel and vacation packages, in partnership with Tourism Cares, has targeted historic "American Icons" for preservation and restoration funding. Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, the site of the 2008 Tourism Cares for America effort, is one of five sites to receive grant money through the Globus/Tourism Cares program.

The funding will be used to care for the Louis Armstrong Memorial Park’s dense canopy of live oaks over the next two years. Parkway Partners Program, a nonprofit that helps care for lush public landscapes and vigorous urban forest, will monitor the condition of these iconic giants to ensure they are not overwhelmed by infestation.

"Since Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of 70 percent of New Orleans’ trees, more than 2,000 Parkway Partners Program’s volunteers have reintroduced more than 6,000 public trees back into the New Orleans landscape, helping to restore it for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike," said Bruce Beckham, Tourism Cares’ executive director. "We are delighted that this grant continues the support given to the Louis Armstrong Memorial Park, the site of the 2008 Tourism Cares for America volunteer restoration project."

Named for the legendary jazz pioneer, Louis Armstrong Memorial Park is a 32-acre park located in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, which is one of the oldest in the city. The park contains the New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts, Congo Square (an important venue for music festivals and community events) and part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

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Showcase Your Company at NTA’s Inaugural Casino Night at Convention

While attending NTA’s Convention ’09 is essential, you can take advantage of a new sponsorship option that will provide you with prime exposure at this premier industry event. NTA will hold its first-ever Casino Night Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m., in Reno, Nevada.

The event will be full of activities, food, spirits and fun, and will allow NTA members offering Casino/Gaming product to reach NTA tour operators. Co-sponsorships for this exciting event are $10,000, making it an affordable way to receive great exposure.

Sponsorships are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and only some of them remain for Casino Night. To become a sponsor, contact NTA Vice President of Sales Karla DiNardo. For information on additional sponsorship opportunities and benefits, click here.

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The Profile Form Notebook: Your Link to NTA Tour Operators

The Profile Form Notebook puts your company’s information in front of NTA’s seasoned tour operator buyers during a key buying time of the year and provides you valuable exposure at an affordable price.

Your company can either choose full-page tab advertising and/or have your company’s custom 8-1/2" x 11" double-sided profile sheet inserted into the state, provincial or international section of every binder. Notebooks will be placed on every tour operator’s table at Convention, so don’t miss your chance to be included in the tool that tour operators utilize all year for itinerary development. Even if you are unable to attend Convention this year, your message can still be there!

The space deadline is July 20 and the cost of a full-page tab advertisement is US$1,500 net and a profile form insert is US$1,250 net (plus 400 inserts shipped to NTA). To reach your account executive call 800.682.8886, ext. 4241 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.226.4241.

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NTA Job Center: Tourism Cares
Event Coordinator

Tourism Cares, the official philanthropy of NTA, is accepting applications for the full-time position of Event Coordinator in its Canton, (south suburban Boston) Massachusetts, headquarters. The successful candidate will possess superior organization and communication skills, both verbal and written, proficiency in MSOffice (Excel, Word and Outlook) and the ability to multi-task with exceptional attention to detail. This friendly and enthusiastic person will work in concert with the Tourism Cares event team to ensure the smooth operation of all fundraising and give-back events. A significant amount of travel is required. The desire to work closely with a group of highly motivated and dedicated staff members is a must. A detailed job description will be furnished upon request. Please submit resumes to info@tourismcares.org

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