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Travel Times 2017 - Issue #5 (November/December) Print

President's Report

President's Message
Written by Bernie Fautch

What a great ride I’ve been on for the past 2 years. I have truly enjoyed leading our dynamic Chapter!  Your Board of Directors was instrumental in the success of our Chapter!  I was truly blessed to have all of them working so diligently to move the Chapter forward. I look forward to being on the BOD for one more year as Chairman. 

Now as we move into 2018, we’ll have Sarah Hill at the helm and she will produce beyond your expectations. I know that you can count on our Monthly Meeting committee providing you with quality education in the coming year. We have a fantastic Board made up of new and old, that will steer us confidently into the future.

I wish everyone a safe Holiday Season with family and friends. I also want to thank each and every one of you for making the past 2 years so memorable.

Bernie Fautch, President

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Meeting Recap

GBTA North Central – October Meeting Recap  
Written by Kristin Deur  

Andrew Meehan, Director of Communication and Policy at Identification Technology Association. Presented his insight and knowledge on Real ID, and other technologies that will change the way of travel as we know it. Oct SpeakerThe meeting was sponsored by Park N' Fly.

Andrew talked about the Legislative Summit and the successes that came out of that summit. The first success which is included in three bills is the prohibiting of voice calls on an airplane. The second success is that there will be no increase in the passenger security fee. This bill is the TSA Authorization Bill and it passed by the House and included a cap on the fee. Lastly, there was the ATC Reform, which asked for more transparency in the user fee and would have saved travelers nearly $10 Billion last year. They have incorporated the concerns that GBTA expressed into the base of this bill.

Andrew also addressed the future of technology in the travel world. He discussed Biometric Exit. This is a program that will provide greater assurance of the identity of departing travelers. This program will also provide a more complete and accurate matching of entry and exit records. This new technology will ensure that a traveler could not depart as an imposter or have another person depart for them. The Biometrics offers frictionless travel, greater security, and faster throughput of the business traveler.

Real ID was also discussed during Andrew’s presentation and he brought some important dates for us to keep an eye on. The first date to keep an eye on, January 22nd, 2018. At this time states that aren’t compliant will need to show an alternate form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel to board their flight. This same time line is also the end of the “grace period”. Andrew had made the suggestion to get a passport so you weren’t having to worry about whether you are compliant or not. Starting October 1st, 2020 travelers will need to present a compliant driver’s license that will meet the Real ID standards. He did say that TSA will also accept other various forms of identification such as, Passport, Global Entry cards, US Military ID’s, and any other federally recognized ID’s.

With all of the changes on the horizon, Andrew did give some places you can go to either get your questions answered or get more information on all of these possible changes. The first area he recommended was visiting the DHS website, www.dhs.gov/real-id. He also recommended emailing any questions you may have regarding REAL ID to realid@hq.dhs.gov. You can even tweet TSA @AskTSA, or GBTA will also be hosting a free Real ID update webinar on December 5th at 2:00pm ET.

Click here for more information.

 

GBTA North Central – November Meeting Recap  

Written by Kristin Deur 

Brent Foerster, Senior Vice President of Destination Sales has been with Meet Minneapolis since May 2014. This meeting was sponsored by Eclipse Global Transportation. Brent oversees the Destination sales teams at Meet Minneapolis, Sports Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Brent addressed what tourism means to Minneapolis. Brent shared with us the goals that the Convention and Visitors Bureau have set for themselves. He said that Meet Minneapolis is responsible for 510,000 Group room nights, which can be anything from meetings, conventions and sports events. Brent also said that Meet Minneapolis is responsible for 85,000 leisure room nights, which comes from Global Tourism. Meet Minneapolis is also responsible for $18.7Million in Minneapolis Convention Center revenue, and $2.5 Million in Partnership revenue. In 2016, Minneapolis saw 32.5 Million visitors to the area, which is right behind Chicago which was at 54.1 Million visitors. Also in 2016, Meet Minneapolis saw an increase in meetings and conventions over the year prior. Meet Minneapolis hosted 77 more meeting and conventions then they did in 2015 which ended the year with only 609 meetings and conventions. Without all of these meetings, conventions and leisure travelers Minneapolis wouldn’t have the tourism dollars. They also would have a third less restaurants, parks and many other things that these dollars help support.

Brent also addressed the new hotels that will be going up in Minneapolis and how many rooms that will add to the market. From the 11 hotel projects that are either started or scheduled to start this year, these projects will add about 1,705 rooms to the Minneapolis market. Brent also addressed the changes that have come to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Airport with the air service to 133 non-stop markets, which include 29 international markets. As well as the announcement that JetBlue will start service in May of 2018. Brent also talked about the $2 Billion collection of major projects happening in Minneapolis, like Nicollet Mall, Target Center, and The Commons.

Nathan Hermiston, Director of Destination Sales also addressed the upcoming events that will be held in Minneapolis; to name a few, Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Final Four, and the X Games. Nathan also addressed upcoming conventions that have the potential to fill all of Minneapolis, events like National Education Association Conference (2018), Lutheran Church Youth Gathering (2019), and Evangelical Lutheran Church Youth Gathering (2021). He also discussed upcoming major bids that they are currently working on, like the 2026 FIFA World Cup and multiple years of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The last thing that Brent spoke on is where Meet Minneapolis wants to be in 2020. Meet Minneapolis currently attracts 32 Million visitors; they would like to by 2020 attract 50 Million visitors. They would like to spend $10 Million on Marketing Campaigns. Currently, Meet Minneapolis attracts 6 Million visitors in the winter time; they would like to by 2020 be up to 11 Million winter visitors.

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Scholarship Fundraiser 2017

Scholarship Fundraiser Event 2017

Written by Thomas Akin  

The GBTA-NCC scholarship fundraiser 30th Birthday Celebration was held at the Shindig Event Center, downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, September 28th. After surveying our members earlier this year, we acted on their preference for a non-holiday fundraiser event this year. We took advantage of the fact that it's GBTA-NCC's 30th birthday, so we threw ourselves a birthday celebration!  

Thank you to co-chairs Mary Cole & Nina Steiner for leading the event planning along with incredible support from committee members Natalie Bernard, Jae Dewald, Cathie Doria, Mary Hustad, Donita Matthews, Laura McCray and Sharon Rosenthal. Thank you also to Leslie Ingiald and Jeremy Schmitz for all of their work collecting items and managing the on-line auction website. 

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to our event sponsors (Travel One, Eclipse Global Transportation, Hilton Hotel Bloomington & ALTOUR ) and also to our many, very generous members who contributed items for the silent & live auctions.  To say that we couldn't have done this without everyone is an understatement.

While attendance was a bit lower than scholarship fundraiser events held the past few years, we were pleased that we raised enough money to fund nearly $5,500 in scholarships which will be awarded next May at Education Summit 2018.

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Committee Updates

Chapter Development – Membership
Written By Ryan Comstock

Refer a Direct Member for a chance to win a $50 gift card, refer the new member to join our chapter prior to our January meeting to be entered in the drawing. The more you refer, the more you’re entered.

If your membership expires in December be on the lookout for renewal emails. Please renew your membership by December 31st to avoid not being able to register for the January meeting as a member.

When renewing your membership either directly with our chapter or with the greater GBTA, please remember to purchase the meeting package. As a reminder, the All Access Membership with GBTA does not include the cost to attend a meeting. Below is a list of our membership options that can be found on our website at http://gbta-northcentral.org/join.php

Community Direct Membership, $175, this membership requires a $75 fee to attend any meeting.
Community Allied Membership, $175, this membership requires a $75 fee to attend any meeting.
Direct All-Inclusive Membership, $395, this membership includes pre-paid regularly scheduled monthly meetings including the Scholarship Fundraising Event, but excludes Education Summit.
Allied All-Inclusive Membership, $395, this membership includes pre-paid regularly scheduled monthly meetings including the Scholarship Fundraising Event, but excludes Education Summit.
GTBA All-Access Membership, $495 Direct and $545 Allied, the All Access membership does not include the meeting package. If you would like to prepay for your meetings you also need to purchase the meeting package for an additional $220.

Purchasing the pre-paid meeting package can save your company up to $415 if you plan on attending every meeting.

If you have any questions about membership types or pricing, please don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Comstock @ ryan.comstock@westinedinagalleria.com.

Happy Holidays from the Membership Committee!

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Marketing & Communications (PR, Social Media & Newsletter) Committee

Written By Valerie Barnes

We recently welcomed a new committee member, Laura McCray, from the Embassy Suites Bloomington.  Now we are a team of nine volunteers who handle the chapter’s Press Releases, Social Media posts and the Travel Times newsletter.  We invite you to get connected with our chapter via social media.  You can “like” gbtancc on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter @gbtancc and “join” us on our LinkedIn company page.  We wish you all a Happy Holiday season!

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Sponsorship
Written By Leslie Ingiald

Thank you to our 2017 annual sponsors:  Platinum Plus-Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Acendas and Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel & Residence Inn by Marriott, Platinum-Delta Air Lines and United and Silver-Travel One Inc., Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Direct Travel, Park ‘N Fly and Eclipse Global Transportation. We couldn’t have had a successful year without your support. As we continue to grow as a chapter, please know that partnerships with our sponsors are vital to the success of this chapter. You help us provide a better chapter for our members. You are truly appreciated by all.

2018 annual sponsorship is open. Renew your sponsorship or become a new sponsor for Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold, or Silver to maximize your membership and your company’s return on investment. Sponsorship opportunities are designed to increase your marketing exposure to a highly targeted group of corporate travel buyers while at the same time funding our chapter’s growth and education.

Annual sponsors are recognized at all monthly meetings and special events as key supporters of GBTA North Central Chapter.

Annual sponsorships will be from January 2018 through December 2018.

Click here to purchase your 2018 sponsorship.

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Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

The GBTA North Central Chapter typically meets on the second Thursday of every month.  Here is the upcoming schedule of events:

Event

Date

Time

Location

Monthly Meeting

Keynote – Scott Gillespie,tClara

Topic: The True Mission of Your Travel Program: Producing Positive Business Outcomes.

Thursday

January 11

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Minneapolis, MN

Monthly Meeting

Topic Pending

Thursday

February 8

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

enVision Hotel St. Paul South 

South St. Paul, MN

Monthly Meeting

Keynote - Jerry Koehler, TSA

Topic:  TSA Hot Topics – Precheck and Global Entry

Thursday

March 8

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

Minneapolis, MN

Monthly Meeting

Topic Pending

Thursday

April 12

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Sheraton West Minnetonka

Minnetonka, MN

Monthly Meeting

Topic Pending

Thursday

September 13

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Delta by Marriott

Roseville, MN

Monthly Meeting

Topic Pending

Thursday

October 11

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown

St Paul, MN

Monthly Meeting

Topic Pending

Thursday

November 8

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

TBD

 

 

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