I would like to wish everyone a wonderful National Travel and Tourism Week. While most use Memorial Day as the official start to the Summer season, this week seems like a better fit as we work to expand the shoulder seasons. I would encourage each of you to participate in a program this week that will promote our industry. It doesn't make a difference if it is on the local, state or national level, any attention we can bring to our vital industry will make a difference. I will be working with a local group in Riverton, Wyoming later in the week and have just returned from a week in North Dakota where the local news in both Bismarck and Fargo did a great job to let the locals know there was a group “in-house” helping to promote international travel to “Legendary North Dakota”! Please share with us what you are doing in your community by emailing us at email@example.com.
This week also kicks off the IITA's annual Membership renewal campaign. Yesterday, you should have received an invoice by email. Paper invoices are forthcoming. You may have noted in the email that the IITA will now have a tiered dues structure. This new structure will allow IITA to grow resources while maintaining fair and affordable dues that match the programs that the IITA offers members. The IITA Board has set big goals for the coming year but, we are confident that we will be able to reach them with the support of our membership. Your support extends beyond paying membership dues and includes getting involved on a committee, attending IITA events and responding to calls to action. We represent the voices of the Inbound Travel Industry for the USA, make sure yours is heard.
As you prepare for IPW please make sure that your plans include the IITA IPW Reception on Sunday, June 4th from 5:30 - 6:30p.m. at the Capital Hilton. Travel Portland is sponsoring the event and has some really fun things planned! You won't want to miss out on this event. It will be a great way to kick-off IPW. You will be recieving an invitation to the event later this week, please RSVP. As it's an official IPW hotel, there will be transportation to the IPW Opening Event at the Air and Space Museum. I look forward to seeing you all there!
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours