IITA Insights Newsletter - June 5, 2018
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I hope everyone had a happy Independence Day!  I do not know how we got to July so quickly but will pass this along as “getting older.” 

Last week, I made a quick drive up to Rapid City, S.D. to attend the Western States Tourism Policy Council. Most of the meeting was devoted to National Parks issues in follow up to the WSTPC meeting we participated in during IPW in May. At that time, we began a discussion with Ben Cassidy, Senior Deputy Director for External and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Dept of Interior, and NPS about concerns from the travel industry regarding recently announced CUA (Commercial Use Authorization) requirements for tour operators and a proposed reservation system under consideration. (See  our Washington Correspondent Steve Richer’s article below for more details.)

The meeting gave us the opportunity to present possible solutions and best practices to Mr. Cassidy and the western states Travel Directors. I must say, they were quite impressed that we were able to present to them some very solid suggested solutions and to have garnered support from our coalition of industry partners in just a month following the initial meeting

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Inbound Insider Webinar: What You Need to Know About the Latin American Market

Join Douglas Schapiro as he shares his insider knowledge on the Latin American Market. Douglas will give updated travel numbers, share information on the latest travel trends of the Latin American Traveler and share his best practices. This is a fantastic way to learn about the Latin American Market before you head to La Cita in September.  

July 18, 2018
3:00 p.m
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Douglas has three decades of experience in the industry working with the Latin American and other markets, and is well known in the market, both by clients in Latin America and by suppliers in USA. He began his career as a tour guide working his way up in the industry. Along the way, Douglas has worked with serveral receptive operators both in the USA and abroad. Douglas opened Travel Architects two years ago, a small receptive operator that specializes in designing long touring groups to the USA and Canada for clients from Latin America. Douglas also regularly consults European receptive tour operators on developing the Latin American Market.
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IITA Demonstrates Effective Advocacy Leadership on National Parks Issues
By Stephen B. Richer, DC Correspondent

Over the last several months, the International Inbound Travel Association has generated excellent teamwork within the industry, touched the right bases at the Department of Interior and National Park Service, and kept key members of Congress informed on issues impacting the operation of group tours and FIT visits to our national parks.
Beginning at Destination Capitol Hill in March, the IITA delegation led by Chairman Gary Schluter and Executive Director Lisa Simon deviated from the regular schedule to hold meetings with the National Park Service fees manager and Congressional committee staff handling both access and fee issues.  This laid the foundation for further work which followed.

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Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban, which restricts travel to the United States from several Muslim majority countries. The decision emanated from  a federal judge in Hawaii blocking most of Trump's third travel ban just before it was due to take effect, claiming the Administration’s travel restrictions were unconstitutional.

The U.S. has seen a downward trend in international inbound visitation. Although international tourism is growing worldwide, the U.S. Commerce Department reported a 4 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of international visitors to the U.S. in the first three quarters of 2017

International travel is crucial to IITA members and communities across the U.S. and the administration’s goals for economic and job growth. It is critical that the administration strikes a balance that protects our country while maintaining America’s tradition of welcoming visitors from abroad.

IITA continues to urge the Trump administration to clearly express that the U.S. values legitimate international business and leisure travelers.
Arival Conference Features America's Great Experiences

The Arival Conference, an IITA marketing partner for its second annual event, features the experience component of traveling the United States - tours, activities & attractions which is the travel industry’s third largest sector. The experience is the fastest growing segment, and the reason people travel in the first place. It is also going through incredible change. The growth in technology and changes in what travelers want are placing new opportunities — and challenges — before our industry.
Arival is in the business of creating amazing in-destination experiences, and in service to the U.S. travel industry, just released our first Arival Insights Study on U.S. Travelers’ Summer Plans to give creators and sellers of tours, activities & attractions a leg up in the coming busy season. Here’s a link to the short report .
Mark your calendars to attend this year’s event in Las Vegas, September 24-27.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for an IITA Networking Event!