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COMMUNITY NEWS NTA members are indicated in bold text. Do you have news you’d like to share with the NTA membership? Please send it to Gabe Webb, Courier writer, at Katarina Line raises US$35,000 for charity Katarina Line–Incoming Croatia announced the conclusion of a successful fundraising campaign in late November. The Opatija-based tour operator raised nearly US $35,000 to benefit the Down Syndrome Associations of Dubrovnik and Rijeka. The money, split evenly between the two centers, will help those organizations connect people with better medical care, education and employment opportunities. The company began its charity drive in early 2017 and pledged to donate one euro for every traveler who booked one of its cruises during the year. The nearly 30,000 guests who sailed with the company represent a record for its season. “Down syndrome affects nearly one in 700 births ... so we all probably know someone who has been impacted by it,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line. “We felt that contributing to this worthy cause was one of the best ways for our company to celebrate 25 years of success.” Celestyal names new president, vice president Celestyal Cruises announced that Leslie Peden is its new president, North America. Peden builds on the work of his predecessor, Nicolaos Filippidis, who will remain with the company as a consultant during the leadership transition. Peden has worked in the cruise, tour and transportation industries for more than 30 years. He has served in senior management roles for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Holidays Cruises and Island Cruises. The company also appointed a new vice president, Andrew Magowan, in late September. He now leads the company’s commercial strategy and sales distribution in Europe, with particular emphasis on the U.K. “Andrew’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the travel industry will further strengthen the Celestyal brand as a cruise operator that offers immersion in local experience in both Greece and Cuba,” said CEO Kyriakos Anastassiadis. “Andrew’s appointment follows growth in the U.K. and European market, and we are delighted to have him on board as part of our expansion and development plans.” Palma to lead Uniworld’s North American field sales Michelle Palma is the new vice president of field sales, North America, for Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In this role, she manages the company’s district sales managers throughout the U.S. and Canada. “Michelle is an incredible sales strategist whose consistent positive and affirming attitude serves our brand well,” says Kristian Anderson, senior vice president of global sales. “She is ready for this position, and we look forward to the impact she will make.” Prior to her promotion, Palma was vice president of sales for Canada. She has been with for Uniworld since 2010, and previously worked for Signature Vacations. Canvin joins Goway as new vice president Craig Canvin joined Goway Travel as its new vice president, U.K. and Europe. In this newly created position, Canvin will develop the Canadian company’s business in the region. “We have been searching for six months for the right person,” said Goway President Bruce Hodge. “In the process, we came to realize the potential for the U.K. and Europe to be as big as our Australia and South Pacific programs.” Canvin has more than 30 years of experience developing travel product. He previously held senior leadership positions with Kensington Tours and Thomas Cook’s independent travel division. New York City announces record-setting year NYC & Company, the official marketing organization for New York City, has estimated that 61.8 million visitors came to the city in 2017, an increase of about 2 percent from 2016 and the eighth straight year of record highs. NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon said that the record will be reached despite a decline in foreign visitation. The city expects to see a decrease of about 100,000 foreign visitors, the first drop since 2009. In a statement, he cited recent estimates by the National Travel and Tourism Office of overall declines in foreign visitation, and applauded industrywide efforts to keep the U.S. from becoming less accessible to global travelers. “In New York City, tourism is a big business, generating more than $64 billion in economic impact and supporting 383,000 jobs,” said Dixon. Barnes hired for U.S. Travel’s government relations Tori Barnes is the new senior vice president of government relations for the U.S. Travel Association. She leads the organization’s policy outreach efforts on Capitol Hill. “We’re incredibly excited to add an advocate of Tori’s caliber and character in this new role to lead our stellar team,” said Jonathan Grella, executive vice president for public affairs. “As U.S. Travel continues to grow our industry’s profile and influence, Tori will lead the charge to inform federal officials that travel and tourism is an irreplaceable engine of economic growth for this economy.” Barnes advocates for U.S. Travel’s top priorities, which include upgrades to air travel infrastructure, effective security and preserving the Open Skies agreement. She comes to U.S. Travel from the General Motors Company, where she was executive director of federal affairs. She has also been a congressional liaison for the Republican National Committee and a fundraising director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Capital Chapter. 52 January 2018