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  • Schedule Your ABA Marketplace Appointments!

    Make the most of your ABA Marketplace 2015 experience with pre-scheduled business appointments! Bus and tour operator buyers come interested in creating new tours, and travel industry sellers are there to offer buyers dynamic tour products from across North America. You have until December 2 to finalize your requests, but you should go back in often to update them as new buyers and sellers register. Click here to begin making appointments.

  • Shepler’s Ferry Fleet Welcomes 'Miss Margy'

    Recently, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder christened the Miss Margy, an all-aluminum 85-foot ferry manufactured for Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry.

  • The Ebola Effect: Tour Operator Amends Cancelation Policy

    It's a highly unlikely event, but should health officials report a confirmed case of Ebola within 500 miles of an Austin Adventures vacation host city, the company is announcing that it will waive its trip cancelation fee.

  • Tick Talk

    Let's talk about ticks. You know... the tiny, blood-sucking monsters that lie low, clinging to brush and tall grass, just waiting for innocent victims to feed on. It's nothing short of a summertime horror story!

  • Travel Exchange Appointment Scheduling

    NTA Members Await Opening Bell for Appointment Scheduling

    When NTA's Travel Exchange appointment scheduling system opens September 30, buyers and sellers will start making connections that will generate big-time business for them. One-on-one appointments are a key component of the convention in New Orleans, Jan. 18–22, 2015. At Travel Exchange '14, participants generated more than $150 million in total business.

  • Travel Groups Issue Joint Security Statement

    Thursday, November 19, 2015, American Bus Association (ABA), International Motorcoach Group (IMG), National Tour Association (NTA), Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and United Motorcoach Association (UMA) issued the following statement:

  • Unfriendly Skies: Airlines Create Barriers to Student Travel

    In December 2013, United Airlines joined the ranks of major U.S. carriers that make destination-based travel more challenging—perhaps even impossible—for some student and youth travelers. United's policy change requires unaccompanied children ages five to eleven, and youth ages twelve to seventeen whose guardians choose to use the Unaccompanied Minor service, to take direct flights only, with a $150 fee.

Recent Blogs

Lessons Learned During 2017

Once again, the travel and tourism industry faces both new and ongoing challenges. Travel and tourism cannot be separated from the world context in which they operate. Be that context political states of war, or one of health issues or of economic undulations, what occurs throughout the world touches every aspect of tourism. It is for this reason that every once in a while, it is good for travel and tourism professionals to take a step back and to review at least some of the basic fundamentals of their industry.

Tour Planner Versus the Internet: Why (and How) the Travel Planner Will Win

We are in the midst of a digital transformation. More and more, travelers use the Internet to find travel inspiration and information. They can easily book flights and hotels—now more than ever, thanks to Google. There are apps to hail transportation, book table reservations and more.

10 Key Travel Moments from 2017

Each new year brings an air of hope. When the Trump administration instated the first travel ban in January, however, it looked like 2017 was off to a turbulent start for the travel industry. This year definitely had its rough patches, yet there were good things, too.

With each setback, the travel industry rallied together and proved that the industry isn't just an industry—but a community determined to change the world through remarkable destinations and extraordinary experiences.