Tuesday Newsletter – Oct. 7, 2008
October 7, 2008
Tuesday Newsletter – Oct. 7, 2008
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Volume 28, Issue 40
Start Collecting Books for NTA and Tourism Cares Give Back
October Question of the Month: Tough Economic Times
Updates on NTA’s Tuesday Newsletter
Your Convention Host City Celebrated its 250th Birthday This Past Weekend
Has Your Company Helped With a "Make a Wish" Vacation for a Student?
Show Your Executive NTA for a Day
New Dates Set for Trade Mission to China
Be Appreciated at Convention … Sponsor the Convenience Station
Fred Miller Joins the Tourism Cares Staff
Alaska, California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington Featured in January Courier
Tourism Cares Awards Scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University Student
All NTA members, whether you’re attending Convention in Pittsburgh or not, can take part in the NTA and Tourism Cares Give Back event to support literacy in the Pittsburgh area. Send new or gently-used books to Convention and you can help Pittsburgh Cares increase the literacy of families in the area.
Those coming to Pittsburgh can bring books to donate on-site. Additionally, those who are not able to join us in Pittsburgh can ship your donated books to:
c/o NTA and Tourism Cares Give Back
535 Smithfield St., Suite 744
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Pittsburgh Cares and members of NTA’s Charitable Event Task Force have provided a recommended book list to help you in choosing a book or books to donate.
While the Friday evening portion of the Give Back event is full, we still need volunteers throughout the week for book wrapping and delivery. Contact NTA Vice President of Business Development Cookie Callahan to volunteer for one of these important duties throughout the Convention week.
NTA and Tourism Cares would like to thank the Utah Office of Tourism, Luray Caverns and Sports Leisure Vacations for sponsoring this event.
The October Question of the Month – What suggestions do you have to share with your colleagues to help them get through these tough economic times?? – has been posted on the NTA member forums. NTA wants you to pass along your knowledge, expertise and past experiences to help other NTA members during the current economic situation.
If you are interested in following the dialogue or sharing your thoughts on this topic, log on to the member forums. To access the password-protected forums, you will need your member ID and password, which were included at the top of the e-mail you received showing the headlines for this newsletter.
If you have suggestions for future questions to post, please e-mail them to NTA Vice President of Communications Catherine Prather.
This marks the second week of the new format for the Tuesday headlines e-mail. NTA wants to thank you for your feedback regarding the revamped look, and some of the changes you suggested have been incorporated, such as making all the headlines the same color and using larger type for the article headlines and descriptions.
Also, next week’s issue will be the Annual Convention edition of Tuesday, which will include information to help you prepare for this year’s event in Pittsburgh from Nov. 15 to 19.
Pittsburgh was the place to be over the weekend as the city commemorated its 250th anniversary with a series of signature events.
The weekend of activities included the arrival of the bicycle team that rode from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh as part of the PNC Legacy Trail Ride, an aquatic parade featuring many different kinds of vessels, a French and Indian War re-enactment, a "Pittsburgh Born and Bred" concert featuring local artists and the largest fireworks show in the city’s history.
Pittsburgh was founded Nov. 25, 1758, when British Gen. John Forbes and his men took possession of Fort Duquesne. Many of the festivities took place around Point State Park, an area of the city where Fort Duquesne was originally located.
If you have provided services or planned a trip in response to a request from the Make a Wish Foundation or a similar organization that helps children and teens, you could be featured in an article that is scheduled to run in the upcoming edition of the NTA Trip Planner for student travel. If your company has assisted with this kind of a trip, please e-mail a brief description of what you did to NTA Vice President of Communications Catherine Prather.
To learn more about NTA’s Trip Planner series of publications, including advertising information, click here.
NTA is providing you a way to give your company’s CEO or key decision-maker a chance to experience the benefits of your NTA membership. The Executive Program, conducted at the NTA Annual Convention, is a one-day session that focuses on the value of your investment in NTA as well as the intangible benefits of your membership.
The Executive Program takes place Monday, Nov. 17, beginning with a morning session led by NTA leaders that will include an overview of your association’s strategic plan, resources and benefits. Then, the executives will get a taste of the Convention action by visiting the Tour & Travel Exchange floor. The day would not be complete without attending the Theatre Direct/I Love NY luncheon followed by an afternoon off to allow them to take in seminars, explore the Convention Mall or shadow you during your Exchange appointments.
In the Sept. 9 issue of Tuesday, NTA announced a trade mission to China being conducted by NTA member Asia Getaway Inc. The trip is still happening, however the dates have been changed to March 16-23, 2009, to avoid them conflicting with ITB.
The estimated cost of the mission trip is $3,075 and includes customized business meetings, product update and inspection, hotel accommodations, round-trip international and domestic airfare in China, transportation, a networking reception and meals. For more information on participation in or sponsorship of this trade mission, complete the Trade Mission Form or contact Polly Yu at Asia Getaways Inc. at 888.288.1868.
Convention delegates will thank you for sponsoring NTA’s brand new Convenience Station. Placed in a high traffic location on the Mall floor, the Convenience Station will be stocked with things you need but might not necessarily bring with you, such as Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, aspirin, cough drops and other essential items.
Contact NTA Vice President of Sales and Sponsorship Karla DiNardo at 800.682.8886, ext. 4232 or 859.226.4232 for additional information. To learn more about this and other great sponsorship opportunities that can set your company apart from the competition, click here.
Tourism Cares is pleased to announce the recent addition of Fred Miller to its staff. Miller, a former Tourism Cares Board Member and retired vice president of global sales for Marriott International, is in charge of fundraising and corporate partnerships for Tourism Cares.
A leader in the lodging industry, Miller joined Marriott in early 1997 as part of its acquisition of the Renaissance Hotel Group. He began his career in Atlanta as national sales manager with Holiday Inn and made the decision early in his career to specialize in business development and travel product distribution.
Miller created the Marriott International Hotel Excellence! travel agency training program, which now has more than 130,000 travel agent graduates; the Marriott Preferred Travel Agency program, which is the only tiered commission program in the hotel business; and the "pay for performance" model for travel management companies, which has now become the standard for the industry.
The January 2009 issue of Courier shines the spotlight on some prime destinations in the western United States, as well as cruising product. The first edition of the new year offers plenty of ways to get your company or destination in the magazine read each month by 86 percent of NTA tour operators.
In addition to the articles on cruising and the travel guides about Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, the issue contains trip planners showcasing the Great Lakes Loop (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario and Wisconsin) and the British Isles and Ireland.
The space deadline for January Courier is Oct. 29, and you can reach your account executive at 800.682.8886, ext. 4241 (U.S. and Canada) or 859.226.4241 to get more information.
Dan Polulak, a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University, was awarded the Princess Cruises and Princess Tours scholarship last month by Tourism Cares. Polulak, who is studying resort and hospitality management, hopes to one day join the industry as a cruise director or general manager of a full-service hotel.
Polulak discovered his love of travel at a young age after taking annual family vacations on various cruise lines. As he got older, Polulak turned his vacation fun into a passion and began work as the youngest Club O2 director for Carnival Cruise Lines.
Already Polulak has made great strides in getting involved with the industry, and continues to do so with his recent employment at Courtyard by Marriott. In addition to his classwork, Polulak keeps busy on campus as a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the Student Government Programming Board and was selected as an Orientation Leader this summer.
Tourism Cares is proud to make a contribution in helping Palulak and many others further their education through its scholarship program.
|Don’t forget to register for the 2008 NTA Annual Convetion, to be held Nov. 15-19 in Pittsburgh.|