InBrief NEWS AND NOTES ABOUT YOUR ASSOCIATION AND THE INDUSTRY
COMPILED BY PAT HENDERSON
Are you request-ready ?
Appointment scheduling for Travel Exchange ’ 17 in San Antonio ( Dec . 14 – 18 ) is set to open Wednesday , Oct . 11 . Are you ready ? Not sure ? An easy way to find out is to ask yourself …
Have I registered ? The earlier you sign up for the event , the better matched your appointments will be . So if you ’ re planning on registering , now ’ s the time .
Is my profile up to date ? Your online profile is one of your best tools during the appointment scheduling process . Never forget that people are viewing it and sizing you up as a possible business partner . Make sure you have it looking spick and span before Oct . 11 .
Have I done my research ? The key to a good appointment is a good match , and knowing exactly what you ’ re looking for can help you move quickly through the process . The appointment request system is the place to go to research companies before you submit you final request list .
Once you can answer “ yes ” to all of the above , you ’ re good to go . We ’ ll see you in San Antonio for a successful show ! Registration is open at NTAonline . com / convention .
Advance your industry knowledge through NTA ’ s CTP program
During the 30 years that NTA has offered its Certified Tour Professional program , more than 330 individuals have become graduates . Your association recently worked with The Travel Institute to update the curriculum , which you must go through to earn this valuable industry designation .
The certification program
NTA President Pam Inman recognizes a recent group is an online , self-paced of NTA members who earned their Certified Tour
program , and you have 12 Program designation . months to complete it . The lessons are focused on three areas : leadership , management and administration ; marketing and sales ; and financial management . Once you ’ ve reviewed those sections and taken a quiz on each , the final step is writing a paper .
NTA will recognize the 2017 graduates as part of a luncheon at Travel Exchange in San Antonio , Dec . 14 – 18 .
You can begin you CTP journey today by contacting NTA Education and Research Manager Phillip Strunk at phillip . strunk @ ntastaff . com or by visiting ntaonline . com / education / ctp .
A busy October is on tap for NTA staff , members
Your association will be represented at a number of key industry events in October , including the following six :
WeChat Meet Up Toronto ( Oct . 12 ) Association members and prospects will come together to hear what ’ s new with NTA from Morgan Maravich and learn more about the industry . The event will take place from 9:30 to noon at the CN Tower ’ s Maple Leaf Cinema , and you can RSVP by emailing headquarters @ ntastaff . com .
Greater Nashville Hospitality Association Nashville ( Oct . 18 ) NTA President Pam Inman will be one of the presenters at the association ’ s upcoming meeting .
Buffalo Niagara Travel Industry Summit Buffalo ( Oct . 18 – 19 ) NTA ’ s Catherine Prather will be on hand for this event , which is geared toward educating state and local elected officials about the value of tourism and highlighting what ’ s new across the region .
China International Travel Mart Kunming ( Oct . 20 – 22 ) NTA ’ s Lin Wang will join association members and other travel representatives focused on the China market in Kunming for Asia ’ s largest professional travel event .
Market Outlook Forum Baltimore ( Oct . 23 – 25 ) This learning-focused conference , organized by the Travel and Tourism Research Association , provides the latest forecasts and information on travel trends . NTA will be represented by Pam Inman .
Tourism Cares for Toronto Toronto ( Oct . 26 – 27 ) Tourism Cares will bring together more than 200 industry professionals — including a number of NTA members , as well as staffers Catherine Prather , Bob Rouse and Mary Catherine Dorsett — for its first Canadian work project .