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Travel and knowledge sharing.

Summer is here, travel and vacation plans are being made--dates selected, locations identified, flights booked, hotel rooms reserved, rental cars reserved, and suitcases packed. Is this a business trip or a personal trip? When it comes to passenger travel services it does not make a lot of difference because the same basic requirements must be met. Passenger travel impacts each of us--we all travel whether for business or pleasure. Have you thought about all the changes that have occurred in the travel industry over the last 10 years? It was not that long ago that most people called or visited their travel agent, who made all the arrangements for their trip. Now each individual or family will make their own travel arrangements using the internet. The same is true for the government or military traveler. The military and US government have developed and fielded their own travel system: The Defense Travel System for the military traveler and e-travel for the other government agencies. These systems permit the individual to go online and make all their travel arrangements and enable them to complete their expense report for payment after returning from travel. The "do-it-yourself" approach using the internet or military/government developed systems has changed the industry. Rates are transparent, price comparison is relatively easy, and the results are known almost in real time. The industry has responded by keeping rates low but adding assessorial charges--airlines have baggage fees, buying onboard meals, charges for ticket changes; hotels have fees for internet access, in-room movies, and parking and non-refundable room guarantee rates; rental car companies have fees for liability insurance, each additional driver, GPS, hybrids, and optional fuel charges. With the addition of multiple assessorial charges, it is becoming more difficult for the individual traveler to compare total price for a selected service.


This issue of the DTJ will provide a travel overview and updates. You will find updates on air travel, hotels, rental cars, and travel agents, plus other articles on such topics as Passenger Service Initiatives the and Impact of ITS beyond the Transportation Community. Use this information as you plan your trip to the NDTA Forum and Exposition in Phoenix, AZ, September 10-14, 2011. Check out our website,, for the most current information. Please note the opportunity for post-Forum travel to Sedona or the Grand Canyon. You can register for the Forum, reserve a booth, sponsor an event or activity, and book your hotel room online from the ND 1A website. Your association is always working to stay current with technology and to provide value to our members.

The mission of NDTA is "To foster a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system to support the economy and national security of the United States by:

* Advancing the knowledge and science of transportation/distribution within government and industry.

* Facilitating the sharing of knowledge between government and transportation/distribution related industries.

* Educating members on the important issues affecting the global transportation/distribution system."

One of the primary methods for achieving our mission is through the annual Forum and Exposition. We advance the knowledge and science of transportation and distribution through our outstanding speaker program--senior leaders from industry, government, and the military. We facilitate the sharing of knowledge through our networking opportunities, the industry expositions, and ad hoc meetings and information exchanges. Attendees learn about the important issues affecting the global transportation and distribution system through breakout sessions. It is through these sessions that there are opportunities for dialogue and the exchange of information between the panels and the attendees. Learning and sharing knowledge and professional development is the cornerstone of NDTA. Join us in Phoenix to hear the Chairman and CEO of UPS, Mr. Scott Davis; the Commander of Air Mobility Command, General Raymond Johns, USAF; the Commander USTRANSCOM, General Duncan McNabb, USAF; the Deputy Secretary of Defense (L&MR), Mr. Alan Estevez; and others including Mr. Eric Haseltine, Mr. Pat Morello, VADM Gordon Holder, USN (Ret), MG Kevin Leonard, USA, RADM Mark Buzby, USN, BG Lynn Colyar, USA, and Mr. Ted Rybeck. Visit the website for a complete list of the breakout sessions and other activities.

To all of our members, individual and corporate, thank you for the work you do every day in support of our economy and our Nations security. Sec you in Phoenix!

RELATED ARTICLE: 65th NDTA Anniversary Yearbook

Plan now to have your congratulatory message included in the 65th NDTA Anniversary Yearbook to be distributed this year at the Phoenix Forum. Companies, Chapters, and Individual Members are invited to help us pay tribute to NDTA, The Association for Global Logistics & Transportation.

LTG Ken Wykle, USA (Ret.)

NDTA President
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Author:Wykle, Ken
Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
Date:Aug 1, 2011
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