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Scott MacScott served as Chairman of the International Association of Tour Managers. 



Editorials from the Chair

Greetings and Salutations my fellow travel professionals. I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying a busy season. With tough economic time here we are all feeling the pinch. We are also grappling with the effects of the recession on our chosen occupation. Some of us will have to take a second job to survive while others may leave the industry all together. It is a shake out period. It will be tough, but the end result for those of us who survive is a greater placement for the recovery. In a recent poll of IATM membership as a whole, a large percent of us are willing to take a pay cut to keep working (see pole results online).

I would like to thank Anna-Lena for her hard work and dedication to IATM. I am lucky to count her a friend and have profited from her guidance as a colleague on the Board of Directors. We on the Board are now mindful that over the past 47 years our organization has grown in importance and relevance. Now, more then ever, the tour management industry needs a professional association that can respond to the changing environment in which we work.

Greeting and salutations fellow travel professionals. No matter where in North America you may be, the economy has become a topic of concern for everybody. Group travel, though multifaceted, is universally impacted by our current malaise. I would like to explain some of what I have experienced this past year and hopefully give you some tools to help you survive these economic conditions.

Greetings and salutations my fellow travel professionals. This first newsletter of 2009 comes with rejoices as well as worries. We can rejoice as we are now an official region. North America is the fastest growing region of IATM and will play a tremendous role in shaping the future of our association. But these good news falls against a backdrop of the obvious economic situation.

Greetings and salutations fellow Tour Managers and Tour Guides. Great things are happening within IATM right now. We had a very productive Board of Directors meeting in Vietnam and followed it up by a great regional meeting in Toronto. We are increasing our exposure through press releases and finalizing the new central office website. IATM continues to make inroads by raising the standards of the profession of tour management.


Greetings and salutations my fellow travel professionals. The US Presidential election is over and the people have spoken. We want change. IATM is in agreement and you will see many changes in 2009. The biggest change for us is mostly procedural but very important. Our region now has 40 active members which means that we are an official region. Other changes in 2009 will include an electronic newsletter from central office as well as North America and personalized luggage tags. I believe our most useful new benefit may well be our new mentor program. Before IATM can come out of this current global economic crisis a stronger organization, we are going to come together as colleges and friends to help each other. In IATM North America though we are spread out, we are tightly knit.

Greetings, salutations and Happy Holidays my fellow travel professionals. Yes it is that time of year again. A time when any work is a gift and when our gifts can help our work. During this holiday season why not seek out some gifts that can help your job performance. Give the gift of knowledge. The slow winter season is a great time to snuggle up to some of those great literary adventures that we just don’t have time for during the peak season.

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