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  • (Re)Envisioning Travel Exchange

    The Rebirth of a 68-Year-Old Convention.

    When change came knocking at National Tour Association headquarters, the staff held the door wide open. Travel Exchange, NTA's keystone event, needed a makeover—even if it required a lot of work.

  • Effective Connections, Beyond the Latest Trends

    When Justin Osbon worked as an intern to get through college, his current job really found him more than he found it. Image Tours is a three-generation family-owned company, and Justin has become a part of the family through his years of personal growth and thirst for learning.

  • Faith Travel Association Announced

    In response to the explosive growth of the faith-based travel industry, NTA Services Inc. has created the Faith Travel Association. The membership trade organization will serve as a business-building resource for travel professionals, sites and organizations focused on faith-based travel.

  • Federal Package Offers Economic Relief for U.S. Workers and Companies

    The COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. Along with great personal sacrifice comes vast economic and financial hardship. The recently passed CARES economic relief package seeks to provide assistance to those who need it.

  • Five Minutes With: Catherine Prather

    Catherine Prather accidently fell into the travel industry through her journalist background, when she joined the NTA team in January 1994 as a writer.

  • Group Travel Thoughts & Trends

    Groups Today sat down with group travel industry association leaders Carylann Assante, SYTA executive director; Pam Inman, NTA president; Peter Pantuso, ABA president and CEO; and Doug Switzer, OMCA president/CEO, to catch state-of-the-industry sound bites. There were some expectations and a few surprises in their comments.

  • Industry Leaders React to New CDC Travel Guidance

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science.


    Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.


    The CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling—wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing and washing hands frequently.


    Because of the potential introduction and spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, differences in disease burden and vaccines, and vaccine coverage around the world, CDC is providing the following guidance related to international travel:


    • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
    • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S., unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
    • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the U.S. and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
    • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.


    The announcement has been well received by many in the travel industry, including NTA, which still advises travelers to continue to take protective measures while traveling, including wearing masks.


    "This announcement comes as welcome news to everyone in the industry," said Catherine Prather, President, NTA. "Many of our operators anticipated this next step and were scheduling tours that allowed vaccinated—or negative-tested—clients to climb aboard."


    Prather is also encouraged by the CDC saying that vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested prior to leaving the U.S. to visit other countries, although some destinations may require a negative test. She says while the association is eager to see more borders open up to travelers worldwide, this new CDC guidance is a positive step in a promising direction.


    Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO, also says the CDC's new travel guidance is a major step in the right direction.


    "The CDC's data suggests that vaccinated individuals don't transmit the coronavirus, which opens the door much wider for resuming travel, albeit while continuing to carefully follow other health best practices," said Dow. "Acknowledging that vaccinations eliminate the need for testing and quarantines removes a key barrier to domestic travel. Rescinding the recommendation that international visitors must quarantine also is an important incremental step."


    Dow also says the year-long halt on travel has devastated U.S. employment, with travel-supported jobs accounting for 65% of all U.S. jobs lost last year, and that this is an opportunity to begin reclaiming a lot of what's been lost.


    "The travel industry's mantra throughout the pandemic has been to be guided by the science, which clearly shows that now is the right time for this move," Dow explained. "Meanwhile, it remains important that all eligible Americans get vaccinated as soon as they can in order to more quickly recover the ability for all to travel freely."


    Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.


  • NTA Announces Change at the Top

    The National Tour Association is saying farewell to one leader, while welcoming another. Pam Inman, CTP, announced she will step down as NTA president at the end of the year, with Executive Vice President Catherine Prather, taking over the role in 2020. 

  • NTA Readies for More Operators, More Options at Travel Exchange

    Travel Exchange is more than four months away, but NTA leaders are already preparing for higher attendance at their January 18 to 22, 2015, event in New Orleans. Overall registration is pacing six percent ahead of 2014, and tour operators are leading the pack, with thirty-five percent more registrants than this time last year.

  • Survey Indicates Tour Operators Are Looking Ahead to 2022

    It's no secret that tour operators view 2021 as a transition year—from pandemic to prosperity—and as a result are working with destination and supplier partners to get travelers back on the road. A midyear business survey conducted by the National Tour Association from June 16 through July 7 offered insight into NTA members' perception of current conditions and speculations for the future.

  • 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:

  • Travel Leaders Meet to Address COVID-19

    Eleven association leaders hold unprecedented meeting, seek to safeguard members' businesses.

  • What's the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Travel Industry?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has many asking what both the immediate and long-term economic effects on the travel industry will be.