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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Webinar: The New Culinary Traveler (hosted by NTA)

The culinary traveler has evolved. Today, there is more opportunity than ever to profit from travelers' interest in food and beverage. Get introduced to the "new foodie traveler" with NTA Strategic Partner and World Food Travel Association Executive Director Erik Wolf during our webinar, May 3, 2 p.m. And to see our Q&A with Eric in the current issue of Courier, click here. Also click here to READ MORE

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NTA Arts & Culture Product Development Trip

NTA's fall 2016 Arts & Culture PDT will take tour operators who apply for this business-focused trip and are approved by Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau to Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Sept. 13-15. The destination will provide participating operators with an extraordinary opportunity to experience firsthand cultural travel product offerings while taking in the area's history and networking with area suppliers. If you're interested in applying to join the PDT, submit your application as soon as possible. Deadline is May 6, 2016.


For more details:

To view more information about NTA's Product Development Trips, click here.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Food as a Tourism Marketing Agent (by Peter Tarlow)

Culinary travel and agritourism are 2 hot markets in tourism these days....and will continue to only grow in popularity.

Tourism expert, Peter Tarlow, just wrote an excellent article providing some great insight and ideas for travel professionals who sell group tours, cruises and FIT travel. Here's the article link:

http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4075231.html

Monday, April 4, 2016

Sports Tourism: Today is Opening Day in Baseball, What are Least and Most Expensive Stadiums to Visit?

As today is the Opening Day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, what are some of the least and most expensive stadiums to visit for a baseball game trip?

This article by Travel Pulse provides an answer:
http://www.travelpulse.com/news/features/opening-day-behold-the-least-and-most-expensive-stadiums-in-baseball.html



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

NTA COMMENDS NEW TRAVEL AMENDMENTS TO CUBA REGULATIONS

The National Tour Association commends the Obama administration for updating the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and Export Administration Regulations that, coupled with the arrangement recently announced by the departments of State and Transportation, allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba on an individual basis. Previously, U.S. citizens and residents could travel to Cuba only with organized groups.

"NTA is pleased with this next step toward normalizing relations with Cuba and providing U.S. citizens more freedom to travel," said Pam Inman, NTA president. "I have learned from NTA tour operators, however, that the country's tourism infrastructure is not ready for a steep increase in demand, and arranging travel to and within Cuba as an individual will be challenging."

The new regulations, which took effect March 16, authorize travel that previously required a specific license with case-by-case determination. Travel to Cuba is permitted for activities within 12 categories—each with specific criteria and conditions—including family visits, professional research or meetings, public performances and humanitarian projects. Outside of the 12 categories, the statutory prohibition on travel for tourism remains in place, as does the Cuban embargo.

The new regulations will expand Cuban nationals' access to U.S. financial institutions, and they authorize hiring and paying salaries to Cuban nationals in the U.S. consistent with appropriate visa terms. Regulations also expand the ability for individuals to purchase Cuba-origin merchandise.

For more information about authorized travel to Cuba, see the FAQ created by the U.S. Department of Treasury: 1.usa.gov/1NddEro.

Order the 2014-15 China U.S. Travel Monitor Program Report

China U.S. Travel Monitor Program

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NTA is proud to release the 2014-15 China U.S. Travel 
Monitor Program Report!
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Chinese outbound travel has been the buzzword in the world's travel and tourism industry. China is not only one of the world's fastest growing source markets, but now the largest source market in terms of both visitation amount and travel spending. For the U.S., China now ranks sixth in terms of arrivals, but second in terms of spending, making it one of the most sought-after source markets for all American destinations and service providers. To fully take advantage of this highly lucrative yet constantly changing market, it is crucial for American tourism organizations and businesses to regularly monitor how Chinese tourists view the United States as a long-haul travel destination, and for those who have visited America, how they consume American travel products and whether they are satisfied with their experiences.
NTA is honored to join forces with Temple University's School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and a group of American destinations and companies, in continuous support of the China U.S. Travel Monitor Program. The Monitor program is an annual, ongoing research program targeting Chinese travel to the U.S. The purpose of this program is to help the American travel industry track the growth and trends of the fast-growing Chinese outbound travel market, and identify key issues in Chinese tourists' travel experiences in the U.S. The Monitor Program is led by Temple University's Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li, widely considered a world-leading expert on Chinese outbound tourism, and editor of the 2016 book "Chinese Outbound Tourism 2.0." The 2016-17 phase of the Monitor Program is expected to launch in spring 2016. 
This report is based on findings from the 2014-15 study of the Monitor Program. It represents the culmination of a 15-month, two-phase study designed to better understand the Chinese outbound travel market and its rich source of potential new leisure visitors for the U.S.
• The first phase of the project involved phone surveys of 1,300 citizens in five Chinese cities to develop a better understanding of urban Chinese citizens' general attitude toward and incidence rates of travel to the U.S.
• The second phase of the project is a "gap analysis" among 500 recent visitors to the U.S. before and after their trip to the U.S., aiming to develop a better understanding of what Chinese travelers expect for their U.S. trip, and whether they are satisfied with their experience after the trip.