Destination Gettysburg's Nicole Absher was honored last week with the National Tour Association's (NTA) Young Professional Award. This award is given to NTA members, age 40 and younger, who have exhibited leadership and demonstrated passion for the travel and tourism industry. Out of all of the nominees, the NTA Young Professionals Advisory Group chose Nicole to be one of five to be honored.
"We are proud to have Nicole representing Destination Gettysburg to tour operators and group tour leaders around the world," said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. "She deserves this recognition for all of her hard work and creativity in bringing tour groups to our destination."
Nicole started at Destination Gettysburg in August 2015 as a Group Sales Manager. She has completed the American Bus Association's Certified Travel Industry Specialist program and accomplished a number of endeavors that helped reach sales goals each year.
In her time at Destination Gettysburg, Nicole played a vital role in helping the organization host two major group tour events- the 2016 Pennsylvania Bus Association's Annual Meeting and the 2017 Maryland Motorcoach Association's Group Leader Travel Showcase, which brought hundreds of tour operators and group leaders to Gettysburg. Additionally she has attended over 40 tradeshows and sales missions to promote Gettysburg and Adams County. This has resulted in hundreds of leads that allow the organization and partners to stay connected with the operators and leaders.
Additionally, Nicole's creativity has resulted in unique and different ways to promote Adams County to clients. With so many destinations to choose from, Nicole knows she has to make sure Gettysburg and Adams County are standing out to the tour operators, planners and group leaders so that it is at the top of their list.
"Receiving this award is a great honor and I am very thankful to have even been nominated. Winning this award shows me that the hard work and out-of-the-box ideas that we put into motion every day are making an impact in the industry," said Nicole.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.