Valley Forge Tourism Sales Manager Earns Professional Certification
From the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Aimee Reif, tourism sales manager for the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau (VFCVB), was recently designated a Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) by the American Bus Association (ABA), a leading trade association for motorcoach operators and tour companies in North America. Reif has been with the Bureau for two years and was among more than two dozen graduates so honored at a ceremony during the recent 2013 ABA Marketplace in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Certified Travel Industry Specialist professional development program is a partnership of ABA and Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis and is the first university-administered one in the group travel industry. The program is available to any employee of an ABA-member organization. Participants complete five correspondence courses over the course of a year and attend eight Industry Advancement Seminars presented at the American Bus Marketplace.
According to Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, President and CEO of the American Bus Association, the certification process is rigorous and demanding. “These graduates are rightfully viewed by their peers as dedicated individuals who care about their profession.” To date, more than 500 ABA members have earned the prestigious designation since the program's inception in 1989.
The Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ltd. is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that aggressively promotes the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 300-plus member hotels, restaurants, attractions and services. The Bureau’s website, at www.valleyforge.org, serves visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and residents.
The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1,000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States andCanada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services that work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.