NACTA to Offer 24 Alaska FAM Trips at Conference

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The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) has teamed up with Visit Anchorage to bring a selection of 24 Alaska familiarization trips to travel agents participating in NACTA’s annual conference September 13-16, 2017. 

The event will bring a travel agent conference to Alaska for the first time, NACTA said, and the event is enjoying record breaking registrations. The conference is being held at the Hotel Captain Cook in the heart of Anchorage. NACTA members’ collective leisure sales amount to $600 million annually and the state of Alaska tourism is poised to capture their share of that business for 2018, NACTA said. NACTA counts among its membership 1,600 professional travel sellers who are focused 100 percent on leisure and group sales. Travel agents who are members of parent company American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) are also able to take advantage of the conference and fam programs.

“Providing a conference venue such as Alaska that allows NACTA members to experience popular leisure destinations in-depth while networking with in-state local suppliers is a winning combination,” said Ann Chamberlin, president of NACTA, in a written release. “The support of Visit Anchorage and our connections in Alaska has helped grown this popular conference to a four-day program, in addition to the 24 pre-and post fam options and inclusion of 20 Alaska travel suppliers.”   

Among the conference program highlights is Chris Elliott, a syndicated travel journalist and consumer advocate, who will make Anchorage a stop on his Great American Tour trek and speak to the conference attendees about his personal adventures during the NACTA conference general session on September 14, 2017. His articles, columns and essays offer advice for people who want to become more informed travelers.

The NACTA Alaska conference will have the following supplier participants:

  • Holland America Line
  • Salmon Berry Tours
  • Major Marine Tours
  • Alaska Railroad
  • Rust's Flying Service
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Alaska Photo Treks
  • Big Swig Tours
  • Explore Fairbanks
  • Philips Cruises & Tours
  • Explorer Tours
  • K 2 Aviation
  • Alaska National Parks
  • Premier Alaska Tours
  • Great Land Tours
  • Mat-Su CVB
  • Alaska Tour
  • Knik River-Palmer
  • Great Land Venters
  • Alaska Collection  

Pre & Post fam tours include 13 options starting from $75 and include:  

  • Seven-Night Post-Cruise Holland America
  • Three-Night Alaskan Dream Post-Cruises: Sitka – Glacier Bay National Park - Juneau
  • Three-Night Denali National Park FAM
  • Summer Glacier Walk
  • Four-Day Great Land Adventures
  • Denali National Park Tour
  • Blackstone Glacier Cruise
  • Three-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Tour – Alaska Collection
  • Seven-Day Talkeetna – Denali – Fairbanks – Arctic Circle
  • Eight-Day Alaska National Parks Escorted Land Tour
  • Four-Day Anchorage - Talkeetna - Prince William Sound
  • Three-Day Best of Fairbanks and the Arctic
  • Four-Day Yahoo Mat Su Tour
  • Three-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Tour - Major Marine Tours    

Alaska Adventure Day Tours include 11 options starting from $25 and will operate on September 16, 2017:  

  • Blackstone Glacier Cruise with Major Marine
  • 26 Glacier Cruise with Phillips Cruises & Tours
  • Nome Day Tour with Explore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Walk with Salmon Berry Tours
  • Turnagain Turn Tour with Salmon Berry Tours
  • Twilight Photo Tour with Alaska Photo Treks
  • Discover Denali Flightseeing with Rust's Flying Service
  • Experience Talkeetna with K2 Aviation & Alaska Railroad
  • Anchorage City Tour, Brewery Tour & Lunch Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Landing Hops on the Rail with Big Swig Tours and Alaska Railroad  

Pre- and Post-fams and Alaska day adventures are exclusive to those participating in NACTA’s annual conference. The conference registration rate is $389 for non-NACTA members until July 15, 2017.


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