February 29, 2016 Newsletter
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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Summit. We would like to give a special Thank You to our event chairs Jennifer Lloyd, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Etty Scaglia, Accent on Dining. Without their dedication and countless volunteer hours the event would not have been the success it was. In case you were not able to make it here are some highlights:

- Chris Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA, gave a powerful Keynote Presentation, access it here.

- RSAA will move forward as IITA, the International Inbound Travel Association. Learn more about the re-brand here

- A new IITA website will launch mid-March.

- The 2016 Stanley Awards Dinner and Gala was held at Tribecca Rooftop. It was a fantastic evening of delicious food and engaging entertainment. You can find photos from the gala and other Summit events here.

- We would love to have your feedback on Summit. If you attended the 2016 Summit please take a few moments to complete this evaluation. Thank you to everyone who already completed the evaluation. 

Etty Scaglia, Accent on Dining and Jennifer Lloyd, Starwood Hotels and Resorts
The Stanley Awards are given annually to leading organizations that promote excellence and professionalism in the international inbound industry. The nominations and recipients come from IITA receptive tour operators in recognition of their supplier and destination partners. Congratulations to the 2016 Stanley Award Recipients:
Excellence in Sales and Marketing – Hotel Category - Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Excellence in Sales and Marketing – Non-Hotel Category - Accent on Dining

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Operations - Hotel Category - Hotel Beacon 

Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Operations in the Non-Hotel category - Papillon Helicopters

Chairman’s Award for Cooperating with RSAA Receptive Tour Operators – Hotel Category - Hilton Worldwide

Chairman’s Award for Cooperating with RSAA Receptive Tour Operators – Non-Hotel Category - Accent on Dining

Stanley Fisher - Outstanding Travel Professional of the Year - Rafael Villanueva, Senior Director of International Sales with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Rafael Villanueva

A huge thank you to NYC & Company and all of the wonderful Summit sponsors. To see the full list of sponsors please click here.

IITA encourages your participation in Destination Capitol Hill (DCH), the U.S. travel industry's premier legislative fly-in.

The event brings travel leaders from across the country to Washington, D.C. to educate policymakers about the power of travel. IITA will be represented as a sponsor of the event and we need our members to join us to ensure our congressional leaders hear directly from you about the issues impacting your business.   The program combines a legislative day on Capitol Hill with advocacy training, guest speakers and peer-to-peer networking. To learn more about the event and register please click here.

Jonathan Zuk
This year the association presented a special award - IITA Leadership Award - to Chairman Jonathan Zuk of Amadeo Travel Solutions for his outstanding leadership, vision and perseverance during his four years as Chairman of the organization.
Gary Schluter, Incoming Chairman
Today, a new Board of Directors will take their positions. The IITA would like to thank everyone who has served and offer a warm welcome to the incoming board. The board of directors are often faced with challenging situations where difficult decisions must be made. The outgoing board of directors has met those challenges head first and brought the association to the point of revitalization we are at today. The IITA is confident that the incoming Board of Directors are the right people to carry IITA forward to a prosperous future. Please welcome:

Gary Schluter, RMH Tours, Chairman
Sean Bayliss, Mark Travel, Vice Chairman
Pia Jayatilake, Event Travel Solutions, Treasurer
Gerrit De Vos, Bonotel Exclusive Travel, Secretary    
Johnathan Zuk, Amadeo Travel Solutions, Past Chairman
Nick Van Winsen, Hotelbeds, Director RTO
Peter Van Berkel, Travalco, Director RTO
Katsuhisa Seki, JTB, Director RTO
David Huang, Chinese Host, Director RTO
Gabriel Martinez, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Director – Advisory Board
Etty Scaglia, Accent on Dining, Director- Restaurant/Attraction
Ken Testani, SuperShuttle Director Transportation
Alfredo Gonzalez, Visit Florida, Director - DMO
Jennifer Lloyd, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Director - Hotel
Richard Kerekes, CitySights NY, Honorary Board Member    
Malcolm Smith, U.S. Travel Association, Honorary Board Member
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