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ATAA Awards $1000 Educational Scholarship at Annual Meeting: ATAA Memberships Grows 118% in a Year of ATAA Educational Innovation.

PHOENIX, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Dede Good was in the right place at the right time when she attended ATAA's Annual Meeting December 2 at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Good, owner of Sabino Cruise and Travel in Scottsdale, found the lucky award under her desert plate and claimed the $1000 prize on the spot. This scholarship was awarded for the first time at this conference and is likely to become an annual tradition. The award can be used for any travel industry educational endeavor with any travel industry company. Ms. Good already has it slated to cover costs for an education cruise she is planning to take to visit some new Latin America destinations.

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"I was thrilled with winning and I appreciate the dedication and focus that ATAA puts on education," said Ms. Good. "ATAA is a truly generous organization, both in financial support to keep the cost of education to an affordable level and in the amount of time and effort they put into helping all members of the travel industry be more successful."

Dramatic ATAA Membership Growth and Innovation

Membership in ATAA has grown 118% during 2004 and ATAA had a banner year in delivering educational opportunities such as:
 -- Hosting the 3rd Annual West Coast CLIA Institute
 -- Hosting their Annual ATAA Nuts and Bolts Conference in San Diego
 -- Hosting a Seminar at Sea aboard the Carnival Spirit
 -- Sponsoring the ASTA Model Agency Program
 -- Conducting ClientBase Classes both regionally and via WebEx

 The coming year also promises great events in 2005 such as:

 -- Hosting the first ever CLIA Institute at Sea aboard the Carnival
 Elation departing Galveston February 27,
 -- Hosting Mike Marchev's Sales and Marketing Bootcamp on the West Coast,
 April 29-30 in Orange County, California,
 -- Becoming a key sponsor for TRAMS Tech U, Las Vegas, March 29-31

"We know how hard our travel industry associates work and we are here to support a wide range of educational endeavors to make their jobs easier, more successful and more fun," said Scott Caddow, president of ATAA's board of directors. "Dede has been a member of ATAA for nearly six years and we are proud to support her ongoing educational efforts and the efforts of all our members."

Information about all ATAA events is available online at . For questions about ATAA call (888) 550-1195.

About ATAA

The Association of Travel Agents of America is a professional association that provides leadership in the travel sellers industry by empowering, strengthening, educating and supporting its members. Founded in 1983 as a regional organization, ATAA has significant membership in the western US and is growing to serve travel sellers nationwide by providing education and training tools to help members be more successful. More information about ATAA is available at , via email at or by calling (888) 550 1195.

CONTACT: Kate Koziol of K Squared Communications for ATAA, +1-773-774-7847

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