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Meet the Members PRESENTED BY Buffalo Bill Center of the West CODY, WYOMING NTA contact: Debra Elwood, group tour coordinator Office phone: +1.307.578.4114 Website: centerofthewest.org NTA member since: 1982 What makes your attraction such a special place? The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the largest history, art and nature museum between Minneapolis and the West Coast, and it encompasses an area the size of five-and-a-quarter football fields. Our five museums (all under one roof for one admission price) boast thousands of priceless treasures related to the art, history, culture and natural science of the American West. How does your attraction pay tribute to its namesake? More than a hundred years ago, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was as captivated by the West and Yellowstone as visitors are today. Because of his days living and working on the frontier—and his 30 years touring with the “Wild West” show—the name Buffalo Bill was synonymous with the West. Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been dedicated to his mission of preserving the American West for all generations, a commitment that’s reflected in our collections, programs and activities. What are a couple of your more popular group programs? Whether it’s tasting chuckwagon fare, chatting with a curator, riding horses along the Shoshone River, learning how to rope, checking out our resident birds of prey or participating in a fun Treasures of the West Scavenger Hunt, there are plenty of great options for groups. What is your favorite movie or TV program? Debra Elwood (left) and her daughter Lindsay My favorite show is “Longmire,” a modern Western crime drama series. Based on the mystery novels by Craig Johnson, who lives in Ucross, Wyoming, the show centers on Walt Longmire, a sheriff in fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. The final season is coming up, so to fill that void I am hoping for a Longmire movie! For more information, contact Elwood at debrae@centerofthewest.org. Jac Travel Ltd. LONDON, ENGLAND NTA contact: Gerry Lannigan, senior sales manager Office phone: +44.131.556.4500 Website: jactravel.co.uk NTA member since: 2010 How long have you been in the travel industry? 26 years Where are you based? I’m located in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The city itself brought me here. Tell me about some of the services your company provides. We are one of the top three B2B wholesale, online hotel reservation systems worldwide. We provide full inbound DMC services to the U.K., Ireland and Europe, and we have FIT touring programmers throughout the U.K. and Ireland. We have a MICE department with a staff of specialists and a sports department that can offer VIP packages to major events to go along with tickets. We also offer full pre- and post-cruise packages to all major European ports. What are some of the growing travel trends you’re seeing among groups? I see smaller group numbers looking for unique touring programs. There’s been a lot of recent interest in Eastern European touring, which is lovely to see. What do you like to do when you’re not hard at work? I like to travel when I can, and I love to walk around Edinburgh and take in the beautiful and very old architecture. I am also a demon on “Words with Friends”! What’s your favorite vacation spot? My cousin’s villa in beautiful Javea, Spain. It’s so very relaxing there. For more information, contact Lannigan at gerry.lannigan@jactravel.com. 66 December 2017