IITA Insights Newsletter - September 28
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I would like to thank Rick Still, Founder of La Cita, for his partnership with IITA. Lisa Simon just returned from La Cita and was thrilled with the response IITA received at the event. Lisa was able to meet with potential members, partners and future Summit host destinations. In order for IITA to continue to expand our reach, we will continue to look for mutually beneficial partnerships like this to fulfill our mission. If you weren't able to attend La Cita you'll be able to learn more about the Latin American market through the Summit education session: Understanding the LATAM market.

Yesterday, the industry celebrated World Tourism Day. Since 1980, September 27 has been the designated day of celebration to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The theme of this year's World Tourism Day is accessible Tourism, something that is of top importance to all of our members! Universal accessibility has and can bring immerse benefits. You can learn more about World Tourism Day here

I'd like to offer the idea that accessibility extends beyond disabilities and includes tourists' ability to access a destination. One of the top priorities this year for the US-Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (US-TTAB) is to explore ways to make visa applications (from Non-Visa Waiver Countries) an easier process while still maintaining the importance of security. And once someone arrives in a U.S. destination we want to ensure that they feel safe, secure and welcome.

-Gary Schluter, Chairman
 Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours

November 1
2018, 2019 Summit Proposals Due to IITA

November 9
China Market Update Webinar

February 5-8
IITA Summit - Register Here
Jerry DiPietro Memorial Information

We know many members have been waiting for information on Jerry DiPietro's services as he was a beloved member of our IITA family.

A Mass will be performed at St. Maria Goretti Parish, 112 Chestnut St, Lynnfield, MA 01940 on Saturday, October 8 at 9:00 AM, followed by a reception.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Community Church of Saddlebrooke, of which he was a member, at 9:45am, Sunday, October 23, immediately following the Worship Service. Brunch/Lunch will be held at Jerry and Marian's home from 11:00am-3:00pm following the service. (37510 Ocotillo Canyon Drive; Tucson, AZ 85739

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Tourism Cares 
in Jerry's name.
An Inside look at North Dakota With Fred Walker
 The Norsk Høstfest is a four-day event that draws 75,000 people to North Dakota's state fair center in Minot. This celebration of Scandinavian culture started 39 years ago in a church basement and features food, entertainment and concerts on three stages. Fred Walker, International Marketing Manager with North Dakota Tourism, shares an inside look at what makes this state, rich in heritage, appealing to the international market.  
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Infrastructure a Winner in First Presidential Debate
While there is a lot of political analysis occurring over who met, exceeded, or missed expectations in the long awaited first presidential debate held on September 26 at Hofstra University, tourism industry advocates can take great comfort from one of the exchanges between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as it related to addressing infrastructure needs.
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Proposals to Host the 2018 or 2019 IITA Summit
are Now Being 

Are you interested in hosting the 2018 or 2019 IITA Summit? Contact IITA headquarters for more information. All proposals are due to IITA now later than November 1. 


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