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NTA Media Release

Tour operators looking to expand their offerings of multigenerational travel can find beauty and adventure in western Canada this fall, when the National Tour Association leads a product development trip to British Columbia and Alberta. The Oct. 3-11 program allows tour operators to explore an array of family-focused experiences and destinations in the two provinces, ranging from world-class cities and scenic railways to mountain adventures and the Canadian Rockies.

Accompanying the PDT will be family travel expert Nancy Schretter, founder of Family Travel Network, an award-winning online magazine and website. With stops in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia; Jasper National Park and Edmonton, Alberta, the trip offers cool destinations in a hot market, according to NTA President Pam Inman.

"Western Canada is loaded with family-travel opportunities, and Nancy is an exceptional resource in what's become a lucrative travel segment," Inman said. "This PDT unites tour operators with distinctive destinations and ties it all together with energy and expertise. It's what NTA is all about."

And the PDT is all about variety. "Alberta's diverse experiences allow tour operators to package inspiring, entertaining programs for families," said Bart Donnelly of Travel Alberta. "From traveling by tram for stunning views of the Canadian Rockies to taking a float tour and spotting wildlife in one of our national parks, there's something spectacular for the whole family. And our gateway cities provide easy access from across North America and offer an urban adventure with nature on the doorstep."

British Columbia also offers a wealth of diverse experiences. "Vacations should be fun, and we take fun seriously in British Columbia, whether you want to hike a mountain, take a wine country tour, tackle the rapid waters or simply enjoy a relaxing sunset on the beach," said Sandy Reid of Destination British Columbia. "Because we're nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Canada's Rocky Mountains, British Columbia is a year-round playground where families will find activities for all ages."

For the itinerary and application, visit the PDT web page on NTAonline.com. The Family Travel PDT to Alberta and British Columbia is the latest in a series of trips organized by NTA to help its North American-based tour operator members match upward-trending markets with desirable destinations. In recent years NTA has led trips to Ethiopia, Germany/Czech Republic, Morocco and the Holy Land (Jordan and Israel). To learn more about multigenerational travel, follow this link to NTA's resource guide.

Wellness Travel: Discovering inventory and clients in an emerging market (by Travel Market Report)

Travel Market Report

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According to Stanford Research Institute, the wellness industry is worth $494 billion worldwide, responsible for more than 12 million direct jobs and accounts for nearly 15% of all tourism spending.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

PBS News Hour Features Story on Israeli-Palestinian Tours

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Meet two Holy Land tour guides who bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide

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The two Holy Land tour companies and ladies featured in the story are travel industry colleagues and friends of mine. Watching the PBS story is very powerful and enriching.

Active Family Travel: A Niche Within a Niche (Travel Market Report)

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The good news for agents researching active family travel is that tour operators have increased their product lines.

“Growing numbers of families want to experience this type of active travel, especially in the summer,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, director of strategic product for Collette.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Morgan Maravich joins the National Tour Association

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The National Tour Association today announced that Morgan Maravich has been named as the organization's industry and member engagement manager. In her new role, Maravich will work to strengthen participation in leadership, education, events and international markets, and she will conduct industry outreach to bolster membership and event attendance.

"Morgan is well-connected in our industry, and she can use her knowledge to increase NTA members' involvement with the association," said Pam Inman, NTA president. "She has just the right amount of enthusiasm and insight to help members maximize their NTA experience."

Maravich, who began her NTA duties last week, will work primarily from her home in Washington, D.C. She will also represent NTA at industry events and meetings throughout North America.

"I have always regarded NTA as a leader in the tour and travel marketplace, and I'm excited to bring an industry perspective to the association," Maravich said. "As a former member, I found NTA to be valuable in helping grow my market segments and gaining new business, so I'm delighted to help members take advantage of NTA's many benefits and opportunities. "

Prior to joining the NTA staff, Maravich served as manager of tourism sales for Destination DC. She received the 2015 Tourism Industry Contribution Award from the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, D.C. A graduate of George Mason University, Maravich has been involved with several industry associations and served on NTA's Young Professionals Advisory Committee.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tourism Minister meets Vatican delegation over promoting tourism in Egypt

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Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy met on Sunday with Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, considered to be the tourism ministry of the Holy See.

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