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Meet the Members PRESENTED BY Major Marine Tours & Harbor 360 Hotel SEWARD AND WHITTIER, ALASKA NTA contact: Lindsey Middendorf, director of sales and marketing Office Phone: +1.907.274.7300 Website: majormarine.com NTA member since: 1997 How do your boat tours provide a unique way to see Alaska? There’s no experience quite like seeing a humpback whale breaching or watching a huge chunk of ice break off a tidewater glacier and crash into the water. These incredible sights are best seen on the water on a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound, and our tours provide customers with an exciting, comfortable and educational Alaska experience. Another truly unique experience: enjoying one of our signature glacier margaritas in front of a glacier! What is your most requested tour? Our 6-Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise is our most popular cruise, providing great opportunities for wildlife viewing of whales, Steller sea lion colonies and bird rookeries. This cruise spends time in front of Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tidewater glacier, and it also features National Park Ranger narration and our famous Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, freshly prepared onboard and served during the cruise. Anything new coming up you want tour operators to know about? For the 2017 season we started a new orca-focused cruise, the Orca Quest Cruise, which departs from Seward during the prime time for orca whale watching. What is your favorite vacation memory? It’s hard to beat mountain adventures in Alaska, especially staying at the Sheldon Mountain House on the Ruth Glacier on Denali. The coolest trip that I’ve ever done outside of Alaska was a 10-day hiking trip on a trail called the Haute Route, which travels 130 miles from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever eaten? Grilled octopus leg from a street vendor in Thailand. For more information, contact Middendorf at lindsey@majormarine.com. Vermont Tourism Network MONTPELIER, VERMONT NTA contact: Karen Ballard, program manager Office Phone: +1.802.262.2129 Website: vermonttourismnetwork.com NTA member since: 1984 What do you enjoy most about working for the Vermont Tourism Network? I love Vermont, and I love the people. There’s a passion here at every destination, and it’s something I’m proud to showcase. I know that when a group visits Vermont, no matter where, they will have an amazing experience, and that’s a good thing. What are some of the things travelers experience when they visit Vermont? With a population of just over 600,000, Vermont retains that small-town quality that people seek when escaping the noise in today’s world. That doesn’t mean it’s a sleepy place to visit, however! We have many great attractions statewide, including 20 alpine ski resorts, most with four-season experiences. We are known for farm-to-table, artisan food and cheese, and our craft brewing industry sets the standard. And we are known for our people, our passion and our authenticity. A tour group could visit every year and see something new every time. How does working with your organization benefit a tour operator? Vermont Tourism Network is a onestop resource for tour operators, and it includes excellent receptive operators and charter companies, along with partners statewide who provide all of the components to plan a tour. I am also a resource for them and can help to fill in a blank spot on the itinerary or refer and advise great options to make their tours memorable. Are you a beach girl, a mountain girl or a big-city girl? I am a mountain girl. Only a mountain girl would end up in Vermont via Colorado after living in Florida for 30 years. I need to be in the mountains, not just travel to them to visit. What’s your favorite movie or TV show? “Mad Men,” and I’m so sad it ended. For more information, contact Ballard at kballard@vtchamber.com. 50 July 2017 Meet the Members PRESENTED BY Major Marine Tours & Harbor 360 Hotel SEWARD AND WHITTIER, ALASKA NTA contact: Lindsey Middendorf, director of sales and marketing Office Phone: +1.907.274.7300 Website: majormarine.com NTA member since: 1997 How do your boat tours provide a unique way to see Alaska? There’s no experience quite like seeing a humpback whale breaching or watch- ing a huge chunk of ice break off a tide- water glacier and crash into the water. These incredible sights are best seen on the water on a cruise in Kenai Fjords National Park or Prince William Sound, and our tours provide customers with an exciting, comfortable and educational Alaska experience. Another truly unique experience: enjoying one of our signature glacier margaritas in front of a glacier! What is your most requested tour? Our 6-Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise is our most popular cruise, providing great opportunities for wildlife viewing of whales, Steller sea lion colonies and bird rookeries. This cruise spends time in front of Holgate Glacier, an actively calving tide- water glacier, and it also fea- tures National Park Ranger nar- ration and our famous Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, freshly prepared onboard and served during the cruise. Anything new coming up you want tour operators to know about? For the 2017 season we started a new orca-focused cruise, the Orca Quest Cruise, which departs from Seward during the prime time for orca whale watching. What is your favorite vacation memory? It’s hard to beat mountain adventures in Alaska, especially staying at the Sheldon Mountain House on the Ruth Glacier on Denali. The coolest trip that I’ve ever done outside of Alaska was a 10-day hik- ing trip on a trail called the Haute Route, which travels 130 miles from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever eaten? Grilled octopus leg from a street vendor in Thailand. For more information, contact Middendorf at lindsey@majormarine.com. 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