Conference Bulletin 1
December 13, 2019 - - - - ------------------ - - - - countdown: 52 days
Member Resources are Live!
The Member Resources tab is now live on your dashboard.

ETC’s 2019 Insights into the Educational Affinity Travel Market is published and has been distributed to travel planners who contributed to the survey data.
For all other members, only the executive summary and introduction are available on the <Member Resources> tab.

Check out this and other valuable resources by logging in to your member dashboard and navigating to the <Member Resources> tab.
CONNECTS + Member Searches Open Next Week
You must complete your profiles (member and organization) before you can use the CONNECTS system to schedule one-on-one meetings at the conference or use the search function to find ETC members .
Update your profiles (and change registration choices. if needed) from the task manager on your ETC dashboard.

If you have never completed your member or organizational profiles, plan to set aside some time to do this. In future years, updates will only take about ten minutes. 

New! An additional CONNECTS block has been added to pre-Conference day - Feb. 3 rd
Sustainable Tourism: A Major Focus
We will continue to make sustainable tourism a major focus at the ETC conference.

Expect several sustainable travel sessions lead by innovative presenters, reduced paper consumption, less availability of single-use plastics, and immersion in the local customs, history and economy of Chattanooga.
Also, plan to join your colleagues in reducing the environmental impact of your travel by offsetting your airfare emissions.(ETC's Sustainability Committee has already arranged for land emissions for the conference to be offset. More about that next week!)
Don’t Miss Feb. 4th BOLD Talk
Harnessing the Power of the ETC Community: A Duke University/Nicholas School of the Environment Master's Project   

Leaders in sustainable travel have convened as part of an impactful project at Duke University. ETC member Beth Ray-Schroeder has initiated this project and is working in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment.

For a preview of issues that may be discussed in this BOLD Talk, watch Spearheading Sustainability in the Travel Industry
Enriching Off-Site Visits
Planners only! Museum, Art & Culture Offsite Forum
Sunday, Feb. 2nd from 4 - 6 pm
Hunter Museum of Art

If you are interested in participating, please go to your task manager and edit your registration form. The $20 fee is to cover transportation to and from the museum.

Planners & Tour Operators! Natural History, Aquarium, Conservation, Zoo, Sustainability Offsite Forum
Sunday, Feb. 2nd from 4 - 6 pm
Tennessee Aquarium

Travel Planners interested in participating, please go to your task manager and edit your registration form.  The $20 fee is to cover transportation to and from the aquarium.

Tour Operators interested in participating, please notify Jill Bernier . You can be invoiced separately. The $20 fee is to cover transportation to and from the aquarium.
Sponsors' Corner
In this bulletin, we feature PromPeru having just completed an overhaul of their three-star ETC Microsite . Check it out!

PromPeru is also a one-star co-sponsor of the Conference Resource Directory and an invitational breakfast with Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Guengerich.
Dr. Guengerich will dive deep into the history, ecology and cultural significance of the Chachapoyas region, especially the history of the Inca conquest and longstanding connections to cultural groups in the Amazonia. 
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