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BUSINESS InBrief NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON Time for Tanzania From June 1–9, the trip will take participating members to a pair of UNESCO World Heritage sites: Serengeti National Park in Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. They’ll also interact with the locals in Arusha and visit Lake Manyara. Along the way, they will see the region’s abundant wildlife, which includes everything from elephants and lions to rhinos and flamingos. The trip, which is being organized by NTA-member Pongo Safaris & Tours in conjunction with other tour companies in Tanzania, is open to NTA tour operator members (one per company). The cost to participate is $1,745 (does not include TOURS This June, NTA tour operators will have an opportunity to experience the wild side of Tanzania as part of the Tanzania Safari product development trip. This adventure will provide participating operators with an extraordinary opportunity to experience firsthand Tanzania’s rich culture while networking with area suppliers. airfare), and applicants must be approved by the hosting partners. Space is extremely limited, and registrations must be submitted by May 1 to NTA’s Dawn Pettus at dawn.pettus@ ntastaff.com. For more information, go to ntaonline.com/events/ product-development-trips/tanzania-safari. Canada’s record-setting tourism year 2017 was a big year for Canada. During its 150th anniversary celebration last year, the North American nation welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors. According to preliminary data from Statistics Canada, 20.8 million visitors helped the country surpass the record set in 2002 by almost a million. “This is great news for our tourism sector, and the more than 1.8 million jobs that depend on it,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, minister of small business and tourism and leader of the gov- ernment in the House of Commons. Since the previous mark was set in 2002, the composition of tourists to Canada has changed sig- nificantly. Overnight arrivals in 2017 from countries other than the United States totaled an all-time high of over 31 percent, up 19 percent from 2002. Canada welcomed 14.3 million visitors from the U.S. last year, which was a 3 percent year-over-year increase. Let’s go to Charleston, y’all NTA members will gather April 18–21 for Contact ’18 in Charleston to partner, learn and explore coastal South Carolina. Tour operators and travel planners can visit NTAonline.com/contact to sign up. Tour suppliers, DMOs and associates can attend by sponsoring; contact Laura McFadden at sponsor@ntastaff.com to find out more. 8 April/May 2018 What: Contact ’18 When: April 18–21 Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport Hotel Web: NTAonline.com/ contact; #NTAcontact Who: NTA tour operators and travel planners. Tour suppli- ers and DMOs can attend this buyer-exclusive retreat through sponsorship. Why: Contact’s practical, hands-on education encom- passes the topics and issues you need to tackle to move your business forward. The event’s intimate setting makes it easy for suppliers and DMOs to connect with key tour operator decision-makers. Registration: Only $245 at NTAonline.com/contact