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2018 Executive Committee

Published Nov 28, 2017 12:00AM


NEW YORK – November 28, 2017 – The United Tour Operators Association (USTOA) announced the 2018 Board of Directors, five of whom serve as the associations’ Executive Committee, at its Annual Conference & Marketplace, November 27-December 1 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL.


Heading the Executive Committee as newly-appointed Chairman will be Dana Santucci, vice president of Development at EF Education First, joined by Harry Dalgaard, president, Avanti Destinations, as vice chair; Charlie Ball, executive vice president, Princess Cruises & Tours, as treasurer; Scott Wiseman, president, Travel Impressions, as secretary; and Paula Twidale, executive vice president, Collette, as immediate past chair.


“It’s an honor to welcome the new board members and to work with Dana and the Executive Committee in what is shaping up to be an exciting year for USTOA,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of USTOA. “I’m confident this group of leaders will expertly shepherd USTOA on its path to growth while adding value for our members with focused industry advocacy and expanded programming.”


Additionally, three new members round-out USTOA’s 2018 Board of Directors, who include: (*indicates newly elected)


  • Bob Drumm, president, Alexander + Roberts
  • Dan Mahar, CEO, Tauck
  • Elizabeth Crabill, CEO, CIE Tours International
  • Ian Swain*, owner and president, Swain Destinations
  • Kirk Demeter*, president and owner, Down Under Answers
  • Madhvi Buch, CEO, Destination America (The Travel Corporation)
  • Nish Patel*, president, Mayflower Tours
  • Olle Olsson, senior vice president, WorldStrides Explorica
  • Peter Schaefer, general counsel, Mark Travel Corp & Affiliated Companies
  • Scott Nisbet, CEO, Globus Family of Brands


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About USTOA: 

Representing nearly $15 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 8.6 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe.   Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.


As a voice for the tour operator industry for more than 40 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.



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