Tour Associations Hire Lobbyist

The National Tour Association and the U.S. Tour Operators Association have hired a Washington-based lobbyist to respond to proposed changes in federal regulations affecting the labor classification of tour directors. At issue is whether tour directors can be classified as exempt, which would allow them


The National Tour Association and the U.S. Tour Operators Association have hired a Washington-based lobbyist to respond to proposed changes in federal regulations affecting the labor classification of tour directors.

At issue is whether tour directors can be classified as exempt, which would allow them to be salaried employees with full benefits, despite irregular hours.

NTA and USTOA are also asking the Department of Labor to develop regulations specifically defining tour directors’ status.

The two associations have hired the Argus Group, a think tank specializing in tax and labor issues.

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