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Alexandria, VA, November 16, 2016- SBN celebrated its 30th anniversary last week at its unique dual-venue national conference at the Westin Fort Lauderdale and on the Celebrity Infinity.

In partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB & Celebrity Cruises, attendees were able to reflect over SBN’s accomplishments with various video tributes, showcasing networking and educational FAM opportunities that SBN provided throughout the years.



“Our community of trade professionals has never been stronger,” said Ann Chamberlin, President of SBN and SVP of Operations, American Society of Travel Advirsors. “We owe our 30 years of success to the vast network of relationships built between suppliers and travel professionals. Suppliers know that their clients find them to be a trust resource because travel professionals are experienced with first-hand knowledge of the hotels, destinations and products. We look forward to building on the success of our Annual Conference and expanding our community of travel advisors and suppliers.”

During a cocktail reception sponsored by Holland American Line and awards dinner celebration sponsored by Visit Anchorage, SBN announced their 2016 award winners.

Each of SBN (formerly NACTA) 2016 Award winners, which were as follows:

  • River Cruise Line Partner of the Year: AMAWaterways

  • Luxury Cruise Line Partner of the Year: Oceania Cruises

  • Luxury Small-Ship Partner of the Year: Paul Gauguin Cruises

  • Premium Cruise Line Partner of the Year: Celebrity Cruises

  • Contemporary Cruise Line Partner of the Year: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

  • Tour Partner of the Year: Pleasant Holidays

  • Niche Partner of the Year: Fathom

  • Destination Partner of the Year: Visit Anchorage

  • Hotel Partner of the Year: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

  • All-Inclusive Partner of the Year: Playa Resorts, Hyatt Ziva/Hyatt Zilara

  • Supplier Liaison of the Year: Julie Dennis-Litinger, Celebrity Cruises

  • Strategic Partner of the Year: Caitlan Etchevers, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

  • Partner on the Rise: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

  • Partner of the Year: Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

  • Chapter Excellence Award: Atlanta Chapter

  • Regional Director of the Year: Senora Kelly

  • David M. Thrower Award - Member of the Year: Jesse M. Mackey, Jr.

  • Chapter Director of the Year: Dana Parish

Following up on the success of SBN (formerly NACTA) 2016 conference SBN anticipates the experience in Anchorage, Alaska to be their largest attended conference next year. Over 120 registrations were collected during SBN (formerly NACTA) Annual Conference, when registration officially opened.

Registration for SBN’s Anchorage conference is now open to all SBN/ASTA members, who can take advantage of a special early registration rate of $249 until the end of January.  www.NACTAconference.com



SBN (formerly NACTA) is the travel industry’s leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales consultants, cruise and tour oriented consultants, group oriented travel professionals and traditional ARC-appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to such professionals. Established in 1986, SBN’s mission is to represent the interest of independent travel entrepreneurs and to promote professionalism and recognition for the professional independent consultant. SBN is a wholly owned subsidiary of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Advirsors, the world’s largest travel trade association.