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USTOA In Travel Weekly

Published Dec 10, 2019 12:00AM


The USTOA held its annual conference last week in Orlando. News editor Johanna Jainchill spoke with CEO Terry Dale about a victory, at least temporarily, for national park tour operators, member optimism about 2020 and what people should know about 2019's collapse of three tour operators.

Q: The National Park Service decision to not implement the $300 per coach commercial use authorization fee seems like a big victory.

A: It doesn't mean we can celebrate and exhale, because I fully expect at some point it will be revisited, the plan revised or something. The good news is, it's stopped for now. In all honesty, they didn't engage the industry adequately to understand the impact and how to execute so that it was not so burdensome. Fortunately, everyone has been really in their face about the impact. You don't many times hear that a regulatory body is not moving forward like this. A lot of industry associations and companies were vocal.

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