Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday and are well on your way to enjoying a prosperous 2017! Your first item of business for the new year must be to get ready for Summit… if you haven’t already registered you need to do so now to be included in appointment scheduling, which opens next week. The Summit promises exceptional business building and networking as well as education specifically designed for inbound travel professionals.
As we launch the new year with a new administration and Congress, we turn our attention to some of the important issues our industry faces – one of particular note is visitation to our national parks. In recent months, we’ve been hearing rumblings from various western national parks concerning high visitation during peak periods. It seems some of the parks are starting to review the numbers of visitors and trying to come up with ways to limit visitation during these peak periods and how to handle the “crowds” whether individuals or groups.
Our Board of Directors designated this as our top priority to work with the National Park Service to identify solutions that would avoid a negative effect on our international visitors.
Yes, the National Parks belong to the American people, but we must avoid regulations that may come at the expense of our international visitors who pay billions into the US economy in order to visit these very parks. The formation of the National Parks is one of the Best Ideas that the USA has ever had—let’s keep promoting this great idea to the rest of the world.
Join us at Summit to hear more about this issue and get involved in our advocacy efforts.
Look forward to seeing you there!
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours