Welcome to Autumn---when we hope that Hurricane Season is finally coming to an end along the Gulf and East Coast---and fire season is ending in the West. It seems every year that which we cannot control just seems to get more and more out of hand!
I will be working on the sub-committee for the US-Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) that will help the Government know how they can work with the private sector in reacting to natural disasters. Presently, the public relations response seems to fall to local and state levels. News outlets are quick to report information on how bad things are, which is important, but the story of recovery never seems to see the same light. For the tourism sector, the story of revovery is vital as we try to bring visitors back to our beloved destinations.
I received information on the new proposals for Zion National Park, Group and Individuals. They continue to explore options for a system that will require pre-set reservation times for entrance to Zion National Park. How this will affect the international arrivals depends on how the reservations are made and by whom. One point of interest in the study was that several of the National Parks are re-defining what was once called a visitor, someone who they looked at as visiting their park only, and now starting to refer to them as a tourist, a person who visits a region and their park is only a portion of this visit. Through this refinement of terms, the National Parks need to put the overall visit into the context of a region. They will need to explore how their decisions might play out for others and not just their small portion of someone’s travel plans.
Summit Registration for Portland is OPEN! Visit the IITA website for more information. Register before October 31 to save hundreds of dollars! The Summit Planning Committee is working on a great educational program for Portland — the leaders panel featuring top inbound operators will be part of the general session. Travel Portland has planned some great Summit additions like the sightseeing excursions being offered to all attendees. This is a great opportunity to attend a one-of-a-kind show and eplore one of the best cities and regions of the American West!
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours