LEXINGTON, Kentucky – NTA tour operator members, Ed Dresel and Dan Dipert, are set to receive two of NTA’s highest honors during the Awards Dinner on January 22 in Orlando, Florida. The association’s members will be gathered there for Matkavaihto, a convention and trade show held in conjunction with the United Motorcoach Association. The five-day event is expected to attract 3,500 travel professionals.
Dresel, President of Destinations Unlimited in Southington, Connecticut, will receive the Bob Everidge Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding, long-term, personal and professional contributions to NTA.
Dipert, who 40 years ago founded Dan Dipert Tours in Arlington, Texas, will receive the NTA Pioneer Award. The award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments have resulted in a significant change in the travel industry that benefited NTA and its members.
“Ed and Dan are the embodiment of NTA’s commitment to advancing the travel industry and the travel experience,” said Lisa Simon, NTA President, “They each have chaired the NTA Board of Directors and have taken on other leadership roles. Both Ed and Dan have a record of service and spirit of innovation that truly inspires the rest of us.”
The Awards Reception and Dinner is slated for Tuesday evening, January 22, when family and friends of Dresel and Dipert will be on hand for the special occasion. NTA will make two other awards – both to unsuspecting recipients – at Travel Exchange. The Shining Star Award, honoring an outstanding sponsoring member, will be awarded at a luncheon on Wednesday, January 23. And during the association’s Annual Business Luncheon, at noon on Thursday, January 24, NTA will present its Volunteer of the Year Award.
About NTA: Founded in 1951, NTA is the leading business-building association for travel professionals (from more than 40 countries) interested in the North American market – inbound, outbound, and within the continent. Matkavaihto runs from January 20 through 24.