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November 2011 NTA News

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November 2011 Top Stories

Industry & Association News
Everyone Is Smiling for a Reason 
More Reasons to attend Convention '11
31 Steps to a Highly Effective NTA Convention
ADP Offers $300 Cash Back to NTA Members 
NTA Reps Work to Bolster Tourism Markets 
Join the Conversation 
Seminars Illuminate Lucrative Markets for Tour Operators 
Contact '12 Set for August
Reach 20,000 Student Travel Planners 
Industry News and Updates



Everyone Is Smiling for a Reason  

Check out the ear-to-ear grins on the members' faces in this Convention video. There were so many memorable moments last year in Montreal—and the feedback afterwards was overwhelmingly positive! Now we're getting ready to meet up again, in Vegas, in just 31 days.

Convention '11 is going to be even bigger. Registrations are record-breaking—including more than 300 members who are going to experience it for the first time! They're joining our Convention family to take advantage of the networking and partnering opportunities. You should too!

The week's focus will be on building business, but there's also going to be lots of chances for you to unwind, have fun, and network with old friends and new allies in a relaxed setting!

Here's a sampling:

2,000+ travel industry professionals from every U.S. state, Canadian province and 29 countries are coming to Convention, December 5-9, in Las Vegas. We hope you are too! You're part of the industry. You belong at NTA!

There's still time to register. But you have to join first! Just e-mail us and let us know you want to join or call 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.264.6540.

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More Reasons to Attend Convention '11   

"Great networking. Great people. Awesome camaraderie and good business potential."

"We found the marketplace extremely effective in finding new ideas."

"Best appointments I have had at NTA in years."

"I walked away from the show with new business that I likely wouldn't have gotten otherwise."

"I love the Destination Pavilion."

"I had a lot of appointments with people that were new to my destination and my products."

"It was nice to get new business instead of snatching clients from our competition."

—member comments from Convention '10

With its all-inclusive format and proven business-building design, NTA's Convention has been described as "a business meeting extraordinaire, designed to maximize the opportunities for networking."

This year's Convention offers three important reasons for attending:

  1. NTA members. The caliber of NTA members and their dedication to the industry make each Convention a valuable business-building destination. And, they know how to have fun!
  2. Business Opportunities. The all-member, all-access format and new Destination Pavilion mean you can network all day and well into the evenings if you want to.
  3. A great host city. Thanks to the energy of our fabulous host city (Las Vegas!), there's no better place to be than Convention in December.

 

It's a powerful combination, and we can't wait to see how our members shape their Annual Convention this year.

We'd love to have you there, too! Check out the Convention Web site for the schedule, registration information, networking events, educational opportunities and more.

Join NTA and join us in Las Vegas. (Tour operators: you can attend for only $99!)

E-mail Member Services or call 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.264.6540.

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31 Steps to a Highly Effective NTA Convention

Barb Bowman, director of sales and division manager of Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, has attended 20 NTA Conventions and she's developed "31 Steps to a Highly Effective NTA Convention."

Join NTA now, register for Convention '11, then work down her 31 steps to successful networking and business building.

E-mail us and let us know you want to join.

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ADP Offers $300 Cash Back to NTA Members  

NTA Corporate Partner ADP is offering NTA members who sign up for their services between now and Dec. 31 up to $300 cash back* on payroll processing fees, plus free 2011 W–2s.

Hundreds of thousands of companies rely on ADP solutions to help them save time and money and improve administrative performance. ADP is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions such as:

Let ADP take care of some of your administrative needs so you can put your time and efforts into growing your business.

But you must be an NTA member to benefit from this offer! To join, call 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.264.6540, or drop us an e-mail.

*Minimum 25 percent off for new customers and up to 25 percent off for existing customers. Available to NTA members in North America.

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NTA Reps Work to Bolster Tourism Markets

NTA is making friends and connections around the continent and around the globe! Here's where we've been lately, what we're talking about and who we met:

 

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Join the Conversation

The Tour Supplier and DMO Category Breakouts at NTA's Convention are where NTA members get together with their industry peers to discuss important issues and ideas, and share best practices. Each breakout is led by a facilitator to get the conversation going, but the topics to be discussed are up to participants.

Join NTA to join the conversation! Call 800.682.8886 (U.S. and Canada) or +1.859.264.6540, or drop us an e-mail.

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Seminars Illuminate Lucrative Markets for Tour Operators

The slate of educational sessions at Convention '11 includes how-to seminars on four burgeoning and lucrative markets:

Come to Convention '11, Dec. 5-9, in Las Vegas and learn the ins and outs of these and other markets, plus how to expand your marketing, better handle your clients, and sell from a position of power. These are just a few—there are 5 days of seminars to take you and your business further.

There's still time to register for the NTA Convention. But you have to join first!

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Contact '12 Set for August 

Contact—NTA's tour operator-exclusive show—is heading west next year to San Diego. The three-day session, set for August 16–18, 2012, will bring travel professionals together in one of California's most inviting and scenic settings.

"If you haven't been to San Diego in the last few years, you don't know what you've been missing," said Benjamin Eastman, travel trade development manager of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. "San Diego's friendly atmosphere makes it the ideal place for Contact because it's such a casual and relaxed conference."

Chairing Contact '12, and echoing Eastman's sentiments, is Misha Jovanovic, owner of Misha Tours in San Diego. "I've lived 32 years in Europe and 32 years here, and this is the best destination on the continent," he said. "There are many big attractions, but there are lots of hidden gems here, too: beautiful little resort towns, an inviting wine country and a back-country mining town."

San Diego has a tough act to follow: The 2011 event in Newport, R.I., drew rave reviews. You can enjoy the photos here.

Eastman said that San Diego is up for the challenge in 2012. "Attendees will be able to enjoy the perfect blend of business meetings, networking and fun while in San Diego."

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Reach 20,000 Student Travel Planners

Did you know you can reach 20,000 student travel planners and NTA tour operators at NTA?

Every year, we publish a Trip Planner designed specifically as an idea guide for student travel planners (those who coordinate trips for elementary to college-aged students). If you'd like to reach these qualified buyers and promote your product, consider NTA's Student Trip Planner today.

Space deadline: November 30.

Contact +1.859.264.6559 or e-mail advertising@ntaservicesinc.com.


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