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Attending Travel Exchange is great for us. As a small business, it is a nice reminder that we are part of something special. It is fabulous to have the connection and support of like-minded NTA business partners. It helps us keep things fresh, inspires tweaks and affirms that we are good at what we do. —KATE CARRIGAN, SPECIAL GROUP TOURS (ALBRIGHTSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA) As a designated ‘Legacy Member’ in 2017, Visit Rochester has been engaged with NTA for very a long time. In San Antonio, I was pleased to experience a sense of strong organizational direction and commitment to member success by the board and staff. —GREG MARSHALL, VISIT ROCHESTER (ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) This is my second time attending NTA, and what an experience! As a supplier, I truly enjoy the opportunity to connect with some of the top tour operators. This is a one- stop shop for us and a great return on our investment. I look forward to Travel Exchange 2018. —GINA DUQUENNE, ASHLAND HILLS HOTEL AND SUITES (ASHLAND, OREGON) I really enjoyed the event in San Antonio. It was great meeting old friends again and making new ones. The first conference I attended was in Toronto in 2004, and I experience that the more NTA conferences I attend, the better they become. I will definitely continue visiting the NTA conferences! —CORNÉ RUIJS, RUIJS TRAVEL (LITH, THE NETHERLANDS) NTA Travel Exchange is an invaluable opportunity to meet suppliers (new and current) and tour operators. As we move forward using email and programs, we lose a little bit of the hospitality that is meeting and negotiating in person, seeing engagement and pushing each other for the greatest good: our mutual travelers. Gold winners of Courier’s Distinguished Dozen. —ASHLEY LANDERS, GATE 1 TRAVEL (FORT WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA) 21