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Tour operator and cruise line associations name new presidents

Terry Dale, new U.S. Tour Operations Association president and CEO

NEW YORK — The U.S. Tour Operators Association has named Terry Dale, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), as its president, while Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Maritz Travel, will replace Dale at CLIA.

Dale fills a vacancy created by the death last year of Bob Whitley, who had led the tour operators group for 32 years.

Dale had headed CLIA since 2003.

Previously, he had served as executive vice president of NYC and Company — the NYC Convention and Visitors Bureau — and as president and CEO of the Greater Providence Convention and Visitors Bureau in Rhode Island, where he was also president of the New England Society of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

He has been a course instructor and Grossinger Lecturer at NYU Tisch Center for Hospitality and a distinguished lecturer at Johnson and Wales.

Duffy, a former travel agent, was president and CEO of McGettigan Partners when that company was acquired in November 2001 by Maritz Travel, one of the largest meeting, event and incentive travel management companies in the world.

Duffy will be based in CLIA’s Washington office and also work from the association’s office in Fort Lauderdale.