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NTA and WFTA form perfect blend of professionals

NTA and WFTA form perfect blend of professionals

LEXINGTON, Kentucky & PORTLAND, Oregon - NTA and the World Food Travel Association have signed a partnership agreement that brings together the WFTA’s global food tourism community with NTA’s packaged travel resources and membership. WFTA Executive … June 6, 2013
Atlanta chosen as site of 2016 Travel Exchange

Atlanta chosen as site of 2016 Travel Exchange

LEXINGTON, Kentucky & ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - NTA and the United Motorcoach Association have selected Atlanta as the 2016 site of Travel Exchange, their combined trade and appointment show. The event will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, … May 24, 2013
Travel Exchange means US$114 million to NTA members

Travel Exchange means US$114 million to NTA members

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Travel Exchange 2013 generated 114 million reasons for NTA members to smile, association leaders announced today. That’s the amount of total business - US$114 million - conducted by NTA members who attended the show in Orlando, … May 17, 2013
NTA eyes adverse impacts of sequestration on travel

NTA eyes adverse impacts of sequestration on travel

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Across-the-board sequestration cuts for an array of federal government functions are beginning to take a toll on travel to and within the United States. And that means trouble for tourism, an NTA leader warns. “NTA is very concerned … April 22, 2013
Fabulous event in DC connects tourism pros with legislators

Fabulous event in DC connects tourism pros with legislators

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - More than 300 travel and tourism professionals from 45 states paid hundreds of visits to U.S. senators and representatives—covering more than half of Congress—during Destination: Capitol Hill last week in Washington, D.C. This … April 18, 2013
Culp receives NTA Advocacy Award

Culp receives NTA Advocacy Award

WASHINGTON, DC - Patti A. Culp received NTA’s James D. Santini Award for legislative advocacy on behalf of the tourism industry. Culp was honored at a luncheon here during “Destination: Capitol Hill,” where NTA members have gathered with hundreds … April 11, 2013
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, … April 4, 2013
Change management, China market at NTA’s Contact

Change management, China market at NTA’s Contact

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - When NTA tour operators attend Contact on Hawai`i, the Big Island, August 15-17, they will look past the warm waters to get the cold facts. “For tour operators to thrive in an industry that’s constantly changing, they need … March 28, 2013
NTA and UMA join for Motorcoach Safety Roundtable

NTA and UMA join for Motorcoach Safety Roundtable

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA and the United Motorcoach Association will host a Motorcoach Safety Roundtable with tour operators and the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 11 in Washington, D.C. Organizers look forward to a productive … March 28, 2013
China announces plan to boost travel

China announces plan to boost travel

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The Chinese government has announced a series of initiatives aimed at increasing travel among its citizens. In a recently-released document, the government emphasized the importance of travel as an avenue to enhance both the nation’s … March 18, 2013
NTA and ATA ink partnership renewal

NTA and ATA ink partnership renewal

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of two major travel associations, National Tour Association (NTA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA), renewed their partnership in a signing ceremony here Friday. The ceremony came at the conclusion of ATA’s US-Africa Seminar … March 13, 2013
NTA addresses faith-based tourism in Jordan

NTA addresses faith-based tourism in Jordan

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Faith-based travelers hold the key to Jordan’s growing tourism industry, Kevin Wright told 150 local travel professionals during a workshop in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday. Wright, NTA’s Director of Growth Markets, was invited … March 1, 2013
NTA holds first forum for family, adventure travel

NTA holds first forum for family, adventure travel

ORLANDO, Florida - NTA broadened its convention focus on specialty markets by hosting the association’s first Family Travel and Adventure Tourism Leaders Forum. The session was held during Travel Exchange, an appointment and trade show held here in … January 23, 2013
Dresel, Dipert to claim top NTA awards

Dresel, Dipert to claim top NTA awards

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA tour operator members, Ed Dresel and Dan Dipert, are set to receive two of NTA’s highest honors during the Awards Dinner on January 22 in Orlando, Florida. The association’s members will be gathered there for Travel Exchange … January 16, 2013
NTA welcomes Delta aboard as official airline

NTA welcomes Delta aboard as official airline

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Delta Air Lines Inc. and NTA are now traveling together as business partners, leaders of both organizations announced. “Delta Air Lines Inc. is pleased to be the official airline of NTA,” said Norma Dean, Director of Specialty … January 16, 2013
Destination leaders to collaborate at Travel Exchange

Destination leaders to collaborate at Travel Exchange

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA will host two Destination Leaders Forums on January 23 in Orlando, Florida, where chief executives of destination marketing organizations will discuss the challenges they have faced during a struggling global economy, its effect … December 20, 2012
NTA and ASTA convene second Hispanics in Travel Caucus

NTA and ASTA convene second Hispanics in Travel Caucus

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA and ASTA are hosting their second Hispanics in Travel Caucus on January 22 in Orlando, Florida. The session, which includes a Cafe con Leche - informal discussion and networking - will bring together key tourism professionals … December 18, 2012
It’s a Gen Y thing: NTA is listening to the Millennial Generation

It’s a Gen Y thing: NTA is listening to the Millennial Generation

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Members of the Millennial Generation shared their outlook on life, travel, and the tourism industry with the NTA Board of Directors this week, and the association’s leaders were listening. Millennials, also known as Generation … November 15, 2012
NTA introduces product development trip to Holy Land

NTA introduces product development trip to Holy Land

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - After two years of building expertise and enthusiasm for faith-based tourism, NTA is leading tour operators to the Holy Land on a 2013 product development trip. The members-only trip, February 10 through 22, features not only significant … October 23, 2012
NTA’s Simon elected to Caribbean Tourism Board

NTA’s Simon elected to Caribbean Tourism Board

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA President Lisa Simon was elected to the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization last week at the CTO’s annual State of the Industry Conference in Basseterre, St. Kitts. As a member of the CTO board, Simon will … October 18, 2012
NTA’s faith-based tourism expert featured in webinar

NTA’s faith-based tourism expert featured in webinar

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Kevin J. Wright delivered the fundamentals of faith-based travel to an international online audience. The October 10 webinar session touched on the faith market’s audience, destinations, product types, and profit potential. “Studies … October 12, 2012
Travel Exchange adds plenty of new to proven convention

Travel Exchange adds plenty of new to proven convention

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA’s Travel Exchange this January in Orlando, Florida, is the association’s 62nd convention, but the annual event isn’t showing its age - only its reliable record. “We come out of every convention with wonderful successes,” … October 4, 2012
NTA’s tour operator event heads to Hawaii in 2013

NTA’s tour operator event heads to Hawaii in 2013

SAN DIEGO, California - The Big Island of Hawai’i is the site of next year’s Contact, NTA’s tour operator-exclusive event, slated for August 15-17, 2013. The announcement was made at this year’s Contact by Jim Reddekopp Jr., NTA Board Chairman … August 17, 2012
Hoffmann receives NTA Advocacy Award

Hoffmann receives NTA Advocacy Award

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Mark Hoffmann, CTP, has been honored by NTA for his advocacy work on behalf of the tourism industry during the association’s Grassroots Congressional Travel Summit, held in Washington, DC, and co-sponsored by the Southeast Tourism … June 4, 2012
Event sponsors boost benefits of travel exchange

Event sponsors boost benefits of travel exchange

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, USA - Four companies have jumped on board with NTA to sponsor events that will bring local flavor, entertainment, and valuable networking opportunities to the inaugural Travel Exchange, set for January 20–24 in Orlando, Florida. … May 24, 2012
NTA wins gold again for work in China

NTA wins gold again for work in China

NTA has struck gold again in China. The association was awarded the top prize last week for the 2012 Chinese Tourists Welcoming Award, winning gold in the Overall Performance category. The CTW Award, organized by the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute, … April 27, 2012
Travel Exchange provides special sort of synergy

Travel Exchange provides special sort of synergy

Travel Exchange, the 2013 trade show that combines NTA's annual Convention with the United Motorcoach Association's EXPO, is an innovative collaboration that increases business opportunities for members. Travel Exchange ( http://businessbuilder.ntaonline.com/convention/RegistrationHousing/FutureConventionDates/TravelExchange.aspx … April 26, 2012
Brand USA teams with NTA to present US pavilion at Chinese Travel Show

Brand USA teams with NTA to present US pavilion at Chinese Travel Show

WASHINGTON, DC & LEXINGTON, Kentucky, USA - Brand USA is partnering with NTA to present the Discover America Pavilion at the China International Travel Mart, November 15-19 in Shanghai. CITM, produced by the China National Tourism Administration, is the … April 26, 2012
NTA sees growth markets driving inbound tourism

NTA sees growth markets driving inbound tourism

Thousands of US citizens travel abroad to visit religious sites and regions, but faith-based tourism is a two-way street. "The United States is home to many shrines and religious sites, some of which are globally prominent," Simon said, adding that … April 25, 2012
NTA members updated on Chinese travel to US

NTA members updated on Chinese travel to US

NTA members interested in the ever-growing Chinese inbound market received key information during "China Market Insights," NTA's Webinar presented by Scott Johnson of Travel Market Insights and Dr. Robert Li of the University of South Carolina. "Chinese … April 25, 2012
Dynamic Hispanic market draws attention of tour operators and travel agents

Dynamic Hispanic market draws attention of tour operators and travel agents

PUERTO VALLARTA-RIVIERA NAYARIT, Mexico - In a historic partnership between two visionary travel industry organizations, the NTA-ASTA Hispanic Business Development Task Force met for the first time in conjunction with Tianguis Turistico Mexico and developed … March 26, 2012
NTA, UMA modify dates for Travel Exchange

NTA, UMA modify dates for Travel Exchange

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA and the United Motorcoach Association have adjusted the dates of their new January 2013 trade show to give attending members more access to each other. Travel Exchange (http://businessbuilder.ntaonline.com/convention/RegistrationHousing/FutureConventionDates/TravelExchange.aspx … March 19, 2012
NTA: Tourism reaches peak visibility in US

NTA: Tourism reaches peak visibility in US

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Citing the power of travel to fuel economic recovery and create jobs, President Barack Obama today ordered a series of initiatives targeted at increasing travel and tourism in the United States. More than ever before, the US travel … January 20, 2012
NTA President delivers keynote address at Cuba Video Conference

NTA President delivers keynote address at Cuba Video Conference

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, USA - NTA President Lisa Simon was the keynote speaker during a Friday video conference focused on the impact of the US travel ban to Cuba. The conference, “Effects of the US Embargo for Cuba and USA,” was hosted by the Cuban … October 25, 2011
NTA says TRIP Act will boost domestic tourism

NTA says TRIP Act will boost domestic tourism

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The introduction of the TRIP Act in the US Senate comes as welcome news to NTA. The Travel Regional Investment Partnership Act helps US destinations promote domestic tourism, which supports 7.7 million domestic jobs and accounts … October 7, 2011
NTA’s Tour Operator Conference set for San Diego in August 2012

NTA’s Tour Operator Conference set for San Diego in August 2012

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — NTA will take Contact to San Diego in 2012 and build on the success of its tour operator-exclusive event in Rhode Island. The three-day conference, set for August 16–18, 2012, will bring travel professionals together in one of … October 3, 2011
UMA and NTA make progress toward 2013 event

UMA and NTA make progress toward 2013 event

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia & LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Members of the NTA/UMA 2013 Task Force met in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 31 to work through details of their 2013 integrated event, including branding, scheduling, education, networking opportunities, … August 24, 2011
NTA’s tour operator-exclusive event heads West in 2012

NTA’s tour operator-exclusive event heads West in 2012

NEWPORT, Rhode Island - San Diego will be the 2012 site of Contact, NTA’s newest North American tour operator event. The dates for Contact ’12, announced at this year’s Contact, are September 25–27, 2012. “We’re thrilled to welcome NTA … August 3, 2011
US takes top honor at World Travel Fair

US takes top honor at World Travel Fair

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - There’s a new plaque on the wall of the NTA Visit USA Center in Shanghai, China. The United States won first place — the Gold Award — in the “My Dream Destination” competition at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai. The … July 28, 2011
NTA embraces faith-based tourism market

NTA embraces faith-based tourism market

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - NTA is taking steps to expand its members’ opportunities for business within the US$18 billion faith-based tourism and hospitality market, starting with hiring an industry expert and forming an advisory council. The association’s … June 24, 2011
NTA taps into Chinese outbound market to US

NTA taps into Chinese outbound market to US

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the United States and China allows Chinese leisure travelers to visit the United States in group tours. Since the initiation of travel under the MOU in 2008, total visitation from China to the United States has … March 1, 2011
NTA members report strong finish for year, forecast continued growth

NTA members report strong finish for year, forecast continued growth

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, USA - NTA members recently completed the association’s Fourth Quarter 2010 Economic Snapshot Survey ( www.ntaonline.com/includes/media/docs/Fourth-Quarter-2010-Economic-Snapshot-Results-2.9.11.pdf ). Along with a positive outlook … February 21, 2011
Travel buyers heading to Europe to develop itineraries

Travel buyers heading to Europe to develop itineraries

Open to members and non-members of NTA, Montage ( http://businessbuilder.ntaonline.com/Default.aspx?alias=businessbuilder.ntaonline.com/montage ) — a new kind of trade show — is held in Europe each year and brings together travel buyers and sellers … February 8, 2011
Dynamic Leadership duo of Farr and Bonner welcomed by NTA

Dynamic Leadership duo of Farr and Bonner welcomed by NTA

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The announcement that Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) would join Rep. Sam Farr (D-California) as co-chair of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus came as welcome news to NTA, according to Lisa Simon, president of NTA, the leading … February 4, 2011



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