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National Tourism Foundation to Honor Arthur Tauck Jr. at 2003 Hall of Fame Dinner



National Tourism Foundation to Honor Arthur Tauck Jr. 2003 Hall of Fame Dinner Will be Held in New York City LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2003)– The National Tourism Foundation will celebrate 20 years by welcoming respected industry leader Arthur C. Tauck Jr. as the newest member of the Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Tauck will be officially inducted at a dinner on Thursday, May 29, 2003 at The Westin New York at Times Square in New York City. Tauck’s commitment to the industry and the National Tourism Foundation spans its 20-year lifetime. In 1954, he served as a founder of the National Tour Brokers Association (NTBA), which later became the National Tour Association (NTA). As chairman of the board and president of Tauck World Discovery based in Westport, Conn., he is dedicated to volunteering in the travel and tourism industry and promoting education and research. His personal travel and tourism contributions include community development, heritage and natural preservation as well as cultural understanding. “It is an honor to receive recognition for my lifetime commitment to the travel industry by being inducted into the National Tourism Foundation Hall of Fame,” said Tauck. “I have had great pride in participating and watching NTA grow on many different fronts. The Foundation is one example of that growth. From a fledging start, it has grown to having awarded more than 400 scholarships to deserving students. It is a commendable accomplishment and I congratulate the Foundation for its success.” Tauck is a past chairman of the National Tour Association and past president of the United States Tour Operators Association. He currently acts as a trustee and vice chairman of the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. Additionally, Tauck serves on the board of directors of the Travel Industry Association of America and chairs the Travelers Conservation Foundation as well as the Tauck Foundation, the family’s philanthropic division. The Foundation Hall of Fame was created in 1998 as a means of recognizing individuals who are committed to furthering the Foundation’s mission. These individuals have contributed to the Foundation as a volunteer or through a financial commitment. Past Hall of Fame inductees include James Host, Host Communications; Lois Anderson, Gadabout Tours; Bruce Beckham, Beckham’s Travel Masters; Dane Cornell, ABC Bus Companies; Mary Lee, Mary Lee Tours; Ruth McKinney, CTP, Good Will Tours; Marilane Spencer, CTP, Bixler Tours; Murray Vidockler, Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality; Ed Hall, CTP, Greater Rochester Visitors Association; and Eric Freidheim, Travel Agent Magazine. To learn more about the Hall of Fame dinner, contact the Foundation at 800-682-8884, ext. 4211. The National Tourism Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports research and education in travel and tourism. Now in its 20th year, 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.