NACTA Forms New Chapters and Expands Into Canada

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NACTA president Ann van Leeuwen

Reporting record growth, the National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) has formed seven new chapters in key North American markets. This expansion reaches across the border into Canada, where a new chapter has now formed in Eastern Ontario, NACTA says.

NACTA president Ann van Leeuwen said the move coincides with a 95 percent increase in new member growth this year compared with 2013.

“NACTA chapters, under the leadership of Chapter directors, are an integral part of our success, allowing for local networking on issues and education relevant to the independent travel consultant,” she said at the start of the NACTA Annual Convention.

The additions expand NACTA chapters to almost 50 locations in the U.S. and Canada, according to NACTA vice president of sales and industry relations Bob Duglin. The most recent addition is a new chapter in Hawaii with director Ken Kimi

NACTA also said its 2015 Annual Conference will be at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay.

New chapters include Delaware Valley, comprising the greater Philadelphia Metro area, with director Gina Alzate. Also new to NACTA is the New York City Chapter, which spun off from the Long Island Chapter with co-directors Camille Pepe Sperezza and Cheryl Jones-Felton. In Northern Virginia, Debby Culp will serve as Chapter director in that area, giving NACTA a presence with three chapters in the Metro DC/Baltimore market.

In Florida, NACTA reports it has expanded to three chapters in South Florida, adding the Miami-Dade Chapter with director Martin Mendiola, and the Palm Treasure Chapter with co-directors Linda Gaddy and Debbie Pascalli. Southeast Region and South Florida Chapter will be led by director Eddie Woodham.

In Canada, the new Eastern Ontario Chapter is based in Ottawa with co-directors Jerry and Alain Goudreault.