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NTA picks Portland to host Contact ’14

NTA picks Portland to host Contact ’14 ( LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Portland, Oregon, will be the 2014 site of Contact, NTA’s popular tour operator retreat, association and Travel Oregon leaders announced.

“Portland has a lot to offer tour operators in terms of specialty travel - adventure, cultural, and wine and culinary - all with an eye toward sustainability,” said Lisa Simon, NTA President, adding that Portland’s youthful appeal plays to Contact’s operator-to-operator strength. “Mutual mentoring in Portland will enable older operators to learn about current trends and technologies, while younger professionals can learn tried-and-true business practices.”

Education sessions tailored for operators are the backbone of Contact, and networking and sightseeing events allow attendees to interact with each other and to discover and develop new products. Next year’s Contact will be the first located in the Pacific Northwest.

“Travel Oregon and Travel Portland are thrilled about hosting NTA Contact 2014,” said Lisa Itel, Global Sales Manager for Travel Oregon. “Portland will be a fantastic host city, and we can’t wait to capture the hearts of NTA with our quirky landmarks, farm-to-table cuisine, and world-class pinots.”

The three-day retreat is slated for August 7-9, 2014, and will be headquartered at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. This year’s Contact [ ] is in Hawai`i, on the Big Island, on August 15, 16 and 17.

Founded in 1951, NTA [ ] is the leading business-building association for travel professionals (from more than 40 countries) interested in the North American market - inbound, outbound, and within the continent. For more information, visit .

MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Rouse, NTA—Manager, Public Relations, , P: +1.859.264.6548 | 800.682.8886, ext. 6548 (US and Canada)

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