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BUSINESS InBrief NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON Want to run for the NTA Board of Directors? Well, now is your chance. The NTA Nominating Committee is accepting applications through July 28 from tour operators, tour suppliers and destination marketing organization representatives who are interested in serving on the 2018 NTA Board of Directors. Board candidates come from the three main membership categories and represent a range of geographic locations, occupational specialties and diversity of business/product. Open positions for 2018 include: • Vice chairman—must be a tour operator (one-year term) • Secretary—must be a tour operator (one-year term) • Three tour operator directors (three-year terms) • Two supplier directors (one will serve a two-year term, the other will serve a three-year term) • Two DMO directors (one will serve a two-year term, the other will serve a three-year term) Interested candidates should request an application from NTA Industry & Member Engagement Manager Morgan Maravich via email at All applications must be completed and returned by Friday, July 28, at 5 p.m. EDT. Once applications are received, the Nominating Committee will review them and conduct interviews. They will then put forth a slate of candidates—one nominee for each position—and there will be a period when nominations from the floor are received. After that, the final ballot will go out in early November, and voting will conclude Dec. 15 at Travel Exchange in San Antonio. Tour operators: Vote for Courier’s Distinguished Dozen The first round of balloting will open this month for the seventh Courier Distinguished Dozen awards. Tour operators will receive the survey via email, which asks them to vote for tour supplier and DMO organizations based on the quality of the product, their level of customer service, the value they offer their customers and their dedication to relationship building. Following the first stage of write-in balloting, results will be tabulated to narrow the field to the top five vote-getters in each of the 12 categories. A second email will go out asking operators to choose among the finalists to determine the gold, silver and bronze winners. Results will be announced in late August, then information on of all the winners will appear in the December 2017 issue of Courier. Award recipients also will be recognized as part of a luncheon in San Antonio at Travel Exchange. July 14 is the deadline for deep Travel Exchange discounts Circle July 14 on your calendar. If you’re a tour supplier or DMO who didn’t attend in St. Louis, you have until July 14 to receive a $300 early-bird discount when you register for Travel Exchange ’17 in San Antonio (Dec. 14–18). And if you attended Travel Exchange in St. Louis, July 14 is the last day you can receive half-off registration fees for the San Antonio convention. Visit and sign up today to experience the one show where 80 percent of NTA tour operators can only be found—Travel Exchange. 2017 Distinguished Dozen gold winners Deep in the heart #TREX17 8 July 2017