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Meet the Members PRESENTED BY Idaho Tourism BOISE, IDAHO NTA contact: Sarah Flick, tourism specialist Office phone: +1.208.334.2470 Website: visitidaho.org NTA member since: 1977 What’s something new you’re promoting? We’re currently working on developing our second year of Idaho Craft Beer Month in April. Idaho leads the nation in barley production and is the No. 3 pro- ducer of hops, so our beers are farm- to-table. I’m more excited for this year because of the partnerships we’ve been working on and the events that are being planned across the state. What are some must-see sites for groups traveling to Idaho? Craters of the Moon National Monument is an incredibly unique landscape—perfect for hiking—and Sun Valley Resort has a distinguished and intriguing history. As a state, Idaho has a rich Native American culture to explore. And of course, there’s all the amazing outdoor recreation available: whitewater rafting, skiing, hiking, climb- ing, biking, jet boating and more. What brought you to the area? When my husband called to tell me his company was offering him a position in Boise, he said, “Before you say no, just Google it.” It worked. Four months later I was packing boxes and driving cross- country with a cat and a dog. Life’s an adventure, and so is Idaho. What’s on your iPod right now (or in your Spotify library, CD collection, mix tape, vinyl LP, etc.)? Currently listening to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Spotify, First Aid Kit is on my record player, and I’m really excited to start playing Johnnyswim’s Christmas album. For more information, contact Flick at sarah.flick@tourism.idaho.gov. Catalina Express SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA NTA contact: Carol Elliott, director of sales Office phone: +1.310.519.7971 Website: catalinaexpress.com NTA member since: 1987 What services do you offer for tour operators? Catalina Express provides the most fre- quent departures to Catalina Island with [the cruise] taking about an hour from Southern California. With three ports of departure on the mainland—Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point—and up to 30 daily departures year-round, it helps us to better serve individuals and groups. We can identify where their travels will take them next and allow reservations to be made to depart from one location and return to another, if needed. What makes Catalina Island such a special place? Catalina Island is a Southern California gem with hidden treasures around every 48 January 2018 corner that fulfill a variety of interests. Upon arrival into Avalon, you feel like you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the LA scene. What special touches do you add for tour groups? We look forward to meeting groups as they depart, and we can offer them catering packages. What [tour opera- tors] appreciate the most is the flexibil- ity of changing their passenger counts even the day prior to travel. The thing I enjoy most about my job is…? I travel a great deal for business and personal and enjoy the opportunity to share my love for Catalina Island. What do you do in your off time? I enjoy baseball, running, traveling the world to see the band U2 in concert, and, of course, spending time with my family. I would love to travel to Germany and Prague, two places I have not yet been and have heard wonderful stories about. What travel destination do you most want to visit? For more information, contact Elliott at carol@catalinaexpress.com.