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
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-