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BUSINESS InBrief NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON NTA’s official philanthropic organization, Tourism Cares, is celebrating its 15th anniversary by heading back to New Orleans for a work project Sept. 20–21. This marks the third time Tourism Cares will hold a give-back event in the Crescent City, and this time around, travel and tourism professionals will help with projects that are focused on arts and culture, neighborhood revital- ization, conservation and sustainability. To register, go to tourismcares.org. 3 ways to better your business at TREX D I S COV E R Todd Probus, NTA’s member solutions manager, is the authority on helping you make the most of your business meetings at Travel Exchange ’18 in Milwaukee. With appointment scheduling set to open Sept. 6, Todd shares three things you should do as you prepare your request list leading up to the Nov. 4–8 event: UNCOMPLICATED. UNCONGESTED. UNSPOILED. Unpack once! Make Fairfield the hub for your next group tour with countless world-class destinations within a one-hour drive and bus-friendly parking at affordable hotels and attractions. 128 113 Sacramento 1 Register early Being at the front of the line is a factor in helping you get the appointments you want. You can still get a quality schedule later—and pick up more appointments on-site with our open floor—but the date you register impacts how your schedule is created. 2 Lake Tahoe Update your profile Your NTA Online profile is what appoint- ment partners see when determining who to add to their request list. So be sure that your profile is as accurate and thorough as possible. Remember that you can add social media links, photos and a logo to your profile. 29 99 Napa Sonoma 12 12 37 12 4 1 24 San Francisco 4 Oakland 120 132 99 1 San Jose Anhesuer-Busch Brewery, Jelly Belly Factory, Suisun Valley wine region, and so much more at... VISITFAIRFIELDCA.COM Christian Wentworth • christian@visitfairfieldca.com • 707-399-2445 8 August/September 2018 3 More is better The more appointment requests you make, the more you’re likely to get, so try and make the maximum number of requests. For tour operators, the cap is 40 DMOs and 80 suppliers, while DMOs and suppliers should request the 60 tour operator maximum. Register and view the schedule for Travel Exchange ’18 at NTAonline.com/ convention. Tourism Cares for New Orleans event coming up