Our committees are off to work with your interests in mind focusing on our strategic goals for education, advocacy and business development. Here’s a quick summary of what they’re working on for you:
Membership Committee is engaging inbound operators through a series of local events to grow the ranks of inbound operator membership, advance thought leadership on inbound travel and maintain a robust organization.
Summit Committee is deep in planning our annual Summit in Portland, February 4-7. They’re developing a rich education program, improving the Marketplace and planning lots of FUN networking.
Advocacy Committee identified key issues to monitor and weigh in on that are impacting our industry, like visa and entry processes, national parks access and funding and open skies agreements.
Marketing Committee is looking at ways to engage members through social media and our website, as well as continuing to bring to life the IITA brand.
You’re still welcome to volunteer for one of these committees – just let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll put you to work!
As you know, I represent you on the US Travel Association Board of Directors and last week I attended its Summer Board Retreat in my neck of the wood at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel/Spa in Colorado Springs. Many board members came with their families to enjoy the great Colorado Outdoors!
US Travel reported that current federal budget drafts include funding for Brand USA – good news for our industry! They continue to advocate for issues related to visas, immigration and immigration reform and keeping Open Skies Agreements in full force. Roger Dow stated that they appreciate all of the advocacy support we provide to US Travel and that they recognize IITA has our own advocacy issues that they back 100%. We value our partnership with US Travel to address issues important to our members.
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours