BUSINESS InBrief NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON Inman receives Woman in Travel Leadership award NTA President Pam Inman was named an “Outstanding Woman in Travel Leadership” by Women in Travel and Tourism International at a June 2 luncheon in Washington, D.C. The WITTI awards program is the first of its kind, and Inman is among the first group of honorees. “It’s important to highlight the very significant contributions of women working in travel and tourism today,” said Laura Mandala, WITTI founder and CEO of Mandala Research. “These champions of travel and tourism are not only advancing their [organizations] and the industry, but are also mentoring and recruiting the next generation of travel professionals.” Honored along with Inman were Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California; Angela Brav, chief executive, Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group; Kelly Craighead, principal, Vertimas Consulting, and formerly the first deputy assistant secretary for travel and tourism, U.S. Department of Commerce; Julie Heizer, team lead, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office; Anne Madison, chief strategy and communications officer, Brand USA; and Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing, Las Vegas CVA. WITTI award winners (from left): Cathy Tull, Las Vegas CVA; Anne Madison, Brand USA; Rosemary McCormick, Shop America Alliance; Laura Mandala, WITTI/Mandala Research; Pam Inman, NTA; Caroline Beteta, Visit California; Kelly Craighead, Vertimas Consulting; and Julie Heizer, U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office. “This recognition is a testament to the people and organiza- tions involved with NTA,” Inman said. “It also pays tribute to the women who stood with me at this ceremony and to generations of female thought-leaders and risk-takers in our industry.” Saffari joins NTA staff, focuses on faith, Hispanic travel Upcoming Meet-ups set for San Antonio, Charleston, New York City and Toronto Kay Saffari recently joined the NTA staff as Faith Travel Association and Hispanic mar- ket coordinator. Her hiring underscores NTA’s efforts to provide programs and services for members to maximize their business potential in these two key market segments. Saffari’s background includes more than 15 years teaching Spanish at the college level and serving as an interpreter for Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a nonprofit organization that resettles refugees into the Lexington area from all over the world. She has lived abroad and traveled extensively, which she says has helped her appreciate not only her own faith but also the many religions and cultures of the world. Her goal is to support existing FTA members, enrich the benefits they receive, grow the FTA membership, and build both the faith and Hispanic travel mar- kets in the NTA community. She can be reached at +1.859.264.6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your association will continue its 2017 Meet-up schedule with upcom- ing gatherings in August and September. Two of the host cities are San Antonio and Charleston, South Carolina, which are the sites of NTA’s upcoming Travel Exchange and Contact events, respectively. 8 August/September 2017 San Antonio, Aug. 3 (3:30–5 p.m.) The event takes place at the Visit San Antonio offices. NTA’s Katey Pease will look ahead to Travel Exchange ’17 (Dec. 14–18) in her presentation, then board member Paul Larsen of Ed-Ventures will lead a Q&A about your association. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store will provide a des- sert bar and raffle off a rocking chair. Charleston, Sept. 12 (2:30–4 p.m.) Explore Charleston will host an afternoon cocktail reception at the Doubletree North Charleston Convention Center. NTA’s Catherine Prather will give a presentation, then board member Chris Babb of The Group Tour Company will lead a Q&A. New York City, Sept. 13 Venue and time are to be determined. Please watch NTA’s Tuesday e-newsletter for updates. Toronto, Sept. 15 (10 a.m.–noon) The event will take place at the CN Tower’s Maple Leaf Cinema. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please email email@example.com.