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NTA’s Contact: Coming Back Strong

August 17, 2017 / Headlines

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2017) — The National Tour Association gave Contact, its annual tour operator retreat, the year off in 2017, but the event is back on the NTA calendar for 2018, as well as in 2019 and 2020. “Contact is an enormously popular event—it’s intimate yet loaded with valuable networking and great education—but […]

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NTA’s Laura Scott joins the CTP club

August 8, 2017 / Headlines

NTA Events Manager Laura Scott is officially our second staff members to become a Certified Tour Professional. We’re so proud of our NTA staffer and friend for achieving her CTP designation. Think you’ve got what it takes to follow in her certified footsteps? We do! Start your path to being a CTP today—as an NTA member you […]

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Your home away from home

July 21, 2017 / Headlines

Whether you’re on the road with friends and family or you’re embarking on a journey all your own, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store signs can be found rising above the highways in 44 states. Our founder wanted to create a place for travelers to count on in the early days of the American Interstate, and […]

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TREXpress: July 2017

July 12, 2017 / Headlines

TREXpress is our e-newsletter meant to keep you up to date on all things Travel Exchange. You’ll receive it in your inbox monthly leading up to TREX17 in San Antonio, but you can also reference it online here. And, as always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to NTA HQ at […]

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Alert: British Columbia wildfire update

July 11, 2017 / Headlines

NTA tour operator member Roland Neave of Kamloops, British Columbia-based Wells Gray Tours shared the following message with NTA regarding the severe wildfires burning across the province. Email if you need assistance with re-routing tours or current advice on the situation. DMO member Sandy Reid of Destination British Columbia also provided emergency resources for the […]

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Opportunity for You: China International Travel Mart

June 26, 2017 / Headlines

NTA is attending the China International Travel Mart (CITM), October 20–22, in Kunming, China. CITM is the largest travel trade show in Asia, comprising two B2B days and one consumer day. Given that U.S.-inbound travel from China reached over 3 million visitors in 2016, and that China was ranked No. 1 in terms of visitor […]

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U.S. travel industry rallies behind Brand USA

June 20, 2017 / Headlines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. travel industry is rallying around Brand USA, after President Trump’s budget proposal eliminating funding for the agency charged with marketing the U.S. around the world. In a letter delivered to key congressional committees, NTA partnered with the U.S. Travel Association—along with more than 300 travel businesses, associations and DMOs—highlighted Brand USA’s new […]

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NTA inks tourism promotion pact with Guizhou Province

June 5, 2017 / Headlines

NTA continued its efforts to boost U.S. inbound Chinese leisure travel by officially signing an agreement with China’s Guizhou Provincial Tourism Development Committee. NTA President Pam Inman and China Market Services Director Lin Wang were in New York City June 2 to put pen to paper and begin the cooperation of tourism promotion of to […]

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IPW Tourism Leaders Help Keep National Mall Clean for Visitors

June 5, 2017 / Headlines

June 3, 2017—Washington DC— Tourism Cares and 70 delegates to U.S. Travel’s IPW—the travel industry’s premier international marketplace— today helped the National Park Service (NPS) keep the National Mall clean for visitors. “Washington DC is opening its doors to more than 6,300 travel professionals, who will generate $4.7 billion in Visit USA travel,” said IPW […]

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An end to Brand USA?

May 23, 2017 / Headlines

In a budget being delivered to Congress today, the Trump administration seeks to eliminate Brand USA, the destination marketing organization of the United States. Launched in 2011, Brand USA is funded by contributions from destinations and private-sectors organizations, and by fees collected from international visitors. Under the proposed budget, revenue from those fees would be […]

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