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More Than $160,000 Rasied During the 2003 NTA Annual Convention

National Tourism Foundation Raises More Than $160,000 During the 2003 NTA Annual Convention LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17) -- Through fundraising efforts at the 2003 National Tour Association Annual Convention in Charlotte, N.C., November 14-18, 2003, the National Tourism Foundation raised approximately $161,000. Proceeds will further the Foundation’s mission of education and research by supporting scholarships, grants and educational programs for travel and tourism students. Close to $120,000 was raised during the Silent & Live Auctions. Live auction items included three complete group tour packages – one provided by the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism; one provided by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau in association with the Country Music Hall of Fame; and one provided by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism in partnership with the Rhode Island Tourism Division. Also, a silent auction held throughout the week, featured a variety of items from group tour components and mini vacations to sports memorabilia. More than 500 businesses and individuals donated items to be auctioned. Both auctions were sponsored by Golden Corral Corporation. The Foundation’s annual fundraiser party, Rock the Foundation, raised approximately $32,300 – one of the highest totals in its 10-year history. This year’s celebration was sponsored by a group of more than 40 NTA members from the state of Michigan and dubbed “Michigan Rocks & Rolls the Foundation.” The Voltage Brothers, the official party band of the NFL Players Association, headlined the event. The 2003 National Tourism Foundation Golf Tournament, sponsored by DestinationCarolinasUSA, was filled to capacity prior to the convention and brought in another $7,800. Additional fundraising activities included the 20/20: Share the Vision initiative, which raised $900. This campaign, created to commemorate the Foundation’s 20-year history of commitment to the future of the travel industry, included drawings for two Mexico hotel stays donated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The National Tourism Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports research and education in travel and tourism. Since 1982, the National Tourism Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to travel and tourism students in the form of grants, scholarships and awards. For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-682-8886.