Association of Retail Travel Agents elects new chairman


RALEIGH, North Carolina – At its first board meeting of 2009, held at the Hilton Hotel last week, the Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA) elected Lynn Hayes, CTC, MCC (CWT Vacations, formerly Piedmont Travel, Greenville, SC) as chairman. Hayes was previously ARTA chairman from 1997-2000.

Other ARTA executive committee officials newly elected include Jane Dever (Crosby Cruises & Tours, Florida, NY) as vice chairman; Carol Young, CTC (Experience Travel, Hixon, TN) as secretary; John Faulds, CTC (Travel Destinations, Scottsdale, AZ) as treasurer; and Nancy Linares, CTC (Holidays ‘N Travel, Austin, TX) as member-at-large. ARTA’s executive committee reflects both continuity of leadership and a deep commitment to take ARTA successfully into the future.

ARTA Re-Brands with New Logo
ARTA has re-branded its organizational identity with a new logo and complementary banners. Using a “compass metaphor,” ARTA seeks to convey its goal of assisting travel agencies in navigating a profitable travel agency, and the association’s leading the way through advocacy, education, and strengthening the travel agency sales and distribution channel.

About ARTA
ARTA has always been at the forefront of those industry changes, which have strengthened the agency community. Founded in 1963, and for the past 46 years, the Association of Retail Travel Agents is the largest non-profit association in North America that represents travel agents exclusively. It is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. ARTA is the strategic partner of Canadian-based ARTA Canada. For more information about ARTA, go to .