To assist its members during the current economic crisis, the National Tour Association (NTA) Board of Directors has approved decreasing membership dues for 2009. Members will receive a nearly 15 percent deduction in their membership dues, thanks in part to the tremendous growth the association experienced in 2008.
"We know that times are tough in today’s economy,” said NTA Chairman and CEO Bob Hoelscher. “NTA wants to continue to be an affordable resource for our members and an available option to new travel companies looking for assistance in dealing with the challenges of running a business in today's marketplace.”
In 2008, NTA experienced unprecedented growth, including the addition of more than 150 new tour operator members. This growth has allowed the association to offer this cost-savings assistance to current and future members in the coming year.
“In addition to the many new members we have already welcomed this year, NTA Headquarters is experiencing a high call volume from businesses interested in joining the association,” said Hoelscher. “In times like these, more companies realize the importance of a professional business organization to find potential partners and tap new markets. NTA offers the business opportunities, such as tour operator partnering and regional product development, to help facilitate this.”
The NTA represents packaged travel professionals. NTA membership represents 36 countries, and tour and travel packagers of all types, including groups, independent and student travel.