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NTA WORKING FOR YOU Talkin’ TREX with Katey Pease NTA convention boss shares what’s on—and what’s new—for San Antonio Q: Does the early bird really get the worm? A: For sure. You’ll save money with an early- bird registration. Also, the date you register determines when your appointment schedule is created, so being early in line positions you to get more of the appoint- ments that you want. The first person to register gets the first appointment sched- ule generated, and the likelihood of your requested appointments being scheduled is greater if you sign up as an early bird than if you register late. You can absolutely get a high-quality schedule at any time, but appointment books for some of the folks with whom you want to meet could fill up fast. So quality appointments and significant savings are two huge factors in registering early. Q: Everything’s bigger in Texas. Any big changes for San Antonio? A: We focused on attendee feedback from St. Louis and our past events, and one of the things we’ve really beefed up for December is networking. We added a half-day reception on the first day of the show, which is on Thursday this year, allowing everyone to come in, walk the floor, visit with the exhibitors and have a drink. The annual Hispanic Travel Market Fiesta is now open to all attendees; we’ll hold that in the exhibit hall at the close of business Sunday. We’ve also opened our show back up to motorcoach exhibi- tors, so the opportunity is there to have some big equipment on the floor. But the biggest thing about being in Texas is that our show is back in the fourth quar- ter, thanks to our members’ requests. And San Antonio will be beautiful in December with holiday lights and décor. Q: Where are the evening events? And should I wear a cowboy hat? A: We have three awesome evening events planned. The first is hosted by Visit San Antonio at the newly renovated Witte Museum, a dynamic science