IITA Insights Newsletter - December 21
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Please note that the IITA offices will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2nd. Please visit the IITA website for answers to most of your questions during this period. Thank you for your patience with any delay you may experience.  


2016 has certainly been a year filled with many exciting changes and opportunities for the association. I hope you have taken advantage of some of the new benefits being offered like webinars and real-life insights from industry leaders in this newsletter. If you have yet to engage I encourage you to make it a goal this year to participate in at least one more association activity than you did last year. Start with Summit!

Appointment scheduling for Summit will open on January 11th. Please make sure you are registered before the 11th to ensure your opportunity to meet with those you are wanting to do business with in the coming year. In addition to a new appointment scheduling system, Summit will offer the opportunity for sightseeing, top knotch education and networking. To learn more about what’s new at Summit and our new appointment system, please visit the events page of our website.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Holidays and New Year! I hope that wherever the new year leads you, you are met with peace and prosperity.

-Gary Schluter, Chairman
 Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours

2017 IITA Summit Appointment Scheduling Opens January 11th! Click Here to Register for Summit Now to Participate.
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December 23 - January 2
IITA Offices Closed
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January 6
2:00pm ET
Secrets of Summit Webinar
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January 11
Appointment Scheduling Opens

January 13
Last day to book your hotel at the IITA rate!
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March 28-29
Destination Capitol Hill
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Support Tourism Cares: Donate to the 2017 IITA Silent Auction

To participate please download and complete the Silent Auction Donation Form and return it to our Board of Directors volunteer coordinator Etty Scaglia at
All donations should be mailed to :

Verona, NJ • 07044
220 White Rock Road • Unit 2310 
Etty Scaglia • Accent On Dining

Please make sure your donation arrives on or before January 27, 2017 donations cannot be accepted on site.  Thank you for helping us make this the best year yet! Your support is greatly appreciated.                                                 

Record-Setting U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports Total $21 Billion in October International Visitors Spending Nearly $672 Million a Day Year to Date 

WASHINGTON - Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt today announced that international visitors spent more than $21 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in October, an increase of more than two percent ($493 million) when compared to October 2015.

“In October, U.S. travel and tourism exports hit another record. Travel and tourism remains a vital export for the United States and these exports support more than one million jobs across our country,” said Hyatt. “Today’s data highlights continued growth in this sector with international visitors spending, on average, $672 million a day on travel and tourism services in the United States in October.”

International visitors have spent $204.9 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through October), relatively unchanged (-0.02%) when compared to record-breaking levels of spending last year; conversely, Americans have spent an estimated $132.1 billion abroad, yielding a balance of trade surplus of nearly $72.8 billion year to date.

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