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BUSINESS InBrief NEWS COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY Jan. 31 is deadline to renew your NTA membership Get your new year started off right by keeping your member benefits intact. By renewing before the Jan. 31 deadline, you can stay connected to the NTA community throughout 2018 with no lapse in your membership. Among your member benefits are: • Online access to a database of trusted partners • Travel Exchange, Contact, Meet-ups and other association events • Discounts on Corporate Partner products and services • Education and research to keep you on top of your game • Informative publications, including Courier magazine, the NTA Trip Planners and the Tuesday e-newsletter • Inclusion in printed and online member directories • Opportunity to serve on a leadership advisory group How do I submit my dues? Online NTAonline.com Mail NTA, 101 Prosperous Place, Suite 350, Lexington, KY 40509 USA Email headquarters@ntastaff.com Phone 800.682.8886 (U.S. & Canada) or +1.859.264.6540 Fax +1.859.264.6570 To learn more about how to use your membership to its fullest, flip to page 16, or contact Todd Probus, NTA’s member solutions manager, at todd.probus@ntastaff.com or call +1.859.264.6578. 2018 is the Canada-China Year of Tourism This month marks the beginning of the Canada-China Year of Tourism, which will highlight travel and commerce, as well as the cultural bonds the countries share. “Canada and China are united by strong people-topeople ties and a long history of cooperation,” says the Hon. Bardish Chagger, minister of small business and tourism, and the leader of the government in Canada’s House of Commons. “The Canada-China Year of Tourism will offer a unique opportunity to share our respective rich cultures, amazing attractions and unforgettable experiences.” A number of events and special programs that showcase Canadian and Chinese culture will be held throughout the year in both countries. China will host the opening ceremonies this spring, and Canada will host the closing ceremonies in the autumn. NTA ready to help Canadian members NTA has been working with U.S. and China governmental and tourism officials since the association was chosen by both countries’ governments to develop a China Inbound Program in 2007. Through the program, the association has gained expertise in helping U.S. destinations reach the booming China market. As Canadian members focus their efforts on welcoming Chinese travelers during the Year of Tourism—and beyond— NTA stands ready to help. Here are some of the types of assistance your association can provide: • “China-ready” workshops and tool kits • Seminars at NTA events • Trade show promotion • One-stop translation services • Special events and Fam tours NTA also has corporate and associate partners who offer additional services related to the China market. To learn more, contact NTA’s Director of China Market Services Lin Wang at lin.wang@ntastaff.com or go to ntaonline.com/ chinainbound. Partners you can count on NTA’s Corporate Partner program has one specific purpose: to save you money on the business-related expenses you need most. NTA has alliances with many companies—AFEX, Aon, Avis-Budget, Centaur, Chase, Global Rescue, Luggage Forward, The Momentum Group, Naylor Association Solutions, Rezgo, Staples, TourConnect, UATP and UPS—that offer you a range of products and services. To learn more about the specific ways these trusted partners can help your organization, contact NTA’s Morgan Maravich at morgan.maravich@ntastaff.com or go to ntaonline.com/partners. 8 January 2018