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Meet the Members PRESENTED BY Milne Travel WEST LEBANON, NEW HAMPSHIRE NTA contact: Emily Martel, director, Milne Educational Tours Office phone: +1.603.836.4699 Website: milnetravel.com NTA member since: 2004 How long have you worked in tourism? I started in the travel industry January 2, 2008, so 10 years! I’ve been at Milne Travel for over five of that, and I cur- rently run our educational travel and tourism division. How did the company get started? Founded as a one-person, woman- owned business in central Vermont in 1975, Milne Travel has grown to be one of the largest travel businesses in New England. We have locations around the world as part of our equity partnership with ALTOUR. What are a couple of your most requested destinations? With our large network through NTA and American Express, we have the connec- tions to deliver a unique, fully customized experience at a good value anywhere on our planet. Most of our educational tours go to Europe, and [we’ve had] a grow- ing demand from customers around the world who want to visit New England, New York City and eastern Canada. How does a group benefit by working with your company? We work to make every itinerary a unique experience. In Italy it might be an itinerary with an agritourism and art/ artist focus, or a lecture and conversa- tion with local university professors. For school groups traveling to Boston, perhaps it’s a tour of Fenway Park and a game, along with following the Freedom Trail and museum visits. What is your favorite travel destination? I fell in love with Italy while living in Orvieto—the people, the culture, the food, the language and its beauty— and, as the photo shows, I still visit. Regardless of how many times I go, Italy is always where I dream of returning to. For more information, contact Martel at emily.martel@milnetravel.com. Visit Tucson TUCSON, ARIZONA NTA contact: Jackie Ludwig, director of tourism of the year. It’s a spiritual place with calming energy. Office phone: +1.520.770.2147 Talk about The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food travel idea you’re promoting on your website. With our Hispanic roots and proximity to Mexico, Tucson has the best Mexican food and celebrates mom and pop local Mexican restaurants, taco trucks, Sonoran hot dogs and El Charro, the oldest family-run Mexican restaurant in the U.S.—delicious! Website: visittucson.org NTA member since: 1976 What’s new and exciting in Tucson? Tucson’s food scene is exploding and so much fun right now. Tucson received the UNESCO designation as a City of Gastronomy in December 2015. Our farming techniques date back 4,000 years, and these techniques are still used today, along with natural food items like tepary beans and mesquite flour. What are some of the must-see attractions in your area? No. 1 is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This is an outdoor exploration of the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. Sabino Canyon is my personal favorite. It’s a riparian area and canyon where water flows about nine months 48 April/May 2018 What brought you to the area? In 1982, Tucson was booming in the com- mercial real estate market. I was living in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was a Southern girl. My former husband asked me to marry him and move to Tucson. My response: “Tucson, where is that?” Thirty- six years later I am still here and love it! What travel experience is at the top of your bucket list? Rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. What do you like to do on the weekend? With 350 days of sunshine a year here, I enjoy golfing, gardening, hiking and out- door barbeques with friends. I also love college basketball and watching our University of Arizona Wildcats! Go Cats! For more information, contact Ludwig at jludwig@visittucson.org.