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Lowcountry, high returns Contact comes to Charleston, April 18–21 BY GABE WEBB Charleston, South Carolina, should be on your radar for many, many reasons: excellent food, deep historical roots and beautiful beaches, to name a few. And when NTA’s Contact tour operator retreat comes to town, you’ll have one more. Join fellow representatives from NTA tour companies and sponsoring DMO and supplier members for three-plus days, when you’ll expand your network and your sense of possibility. Read on to learn more. To see the most up-to-date schedule and to register for the event, visit NTAonline.com/contact. See what’s new for Contact ’18 Each year, NTA makes changes to its events based on member feedback. Look for the following changes to Contact in Charleston that are meant to offer you more opportunities for professional development and networking. All-member Mixer Taking place before Wednesday’s Icebreaker, this event allows you to recon- nect with your NTA friends and make new connections in preparation for a productive few days in Charleston. Doubling up on Dine-arounds, and a Grab & Go Breakfast on Friday Charleston is known for its seafood, barbecue and Lowcountry fare, and this year at Contact, you’ll have two nights—Thursday and Friday—to enjoy the city’s restaurants. Also, before Friday’s sightseeing tours, you’ll be able to grab a quick bite before seeing more of Charleston. Educational outings In addition to the sightseeing tours, we’ve added educational sightseeing tours based on specialty market interests. Opening Session Government Relations Silent Auction The opening session was an annual favorite, and this year it’s being revamped into an interactive discussion for all attendees—buyers and sponsors. Be sure to check out the selection of silent auction items donated by your fellow NTA members. Funds raised will benefit the association’s government relations efforts. NTAonline.com 21