PASSPORT HEALTH, TRAVEL INDUSTRY LEADERS GEAR UP FOR THE NATIONAL TOUR ASSOCIATION’S CONVENTION February 16, 2012 By admin Leave a Comment BALTIMORE, MD – 12/06/2011 – Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Passport Health’s Corporate Director of Business Development & Marketing, will speak at the 2011 National Tour Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 5th to the 9th. Passport Health is the leading provider of travel medical services and immunizations in the U.S. The company’s travel medicine specialists counsel and prepare travelers whether they are traveling for business, leisure, mission or volunteer work. “We are honored to be a part of this conference,” commented Castillo. “As thought leaders in our industry, we put a lot of emphasis and resources on patient education. You have to ‘know before you go’ or you run the risk of succumbing to unnecessary ailments,” he said. “Travel industry leaders need to understand the importance of travel health counseling and immunizations. This can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and a trip no one wants to remember.” The National Tour Association (NTA) is the leading association for travel industry professionals to and from North America. There are over 40 Countries and 600 destinations represented. “What sets NTA tour operators apart is the high-quality service they provide their clients. And nothing supersedes the clients’ safety and health,” said Lisa Simon, president of NTA. “Passport Health will help our members understand how to prepare their customers for overseas travel. The more tour operators can learn about what can go wrong, the better they can make sure everything goes right.” Mr. Castillo will be speaking about the importance of travel medicine as a crucial component of the trip planning process during the education seminar titled The Business Case Behind Protecting Your Client’s Health. “One of the issues we will be discussing is the correlation between seeing a travel medicine specialist and a decrease in travel-related illnesses,” continued Castillo. “This means a healthy traveler, good reviews for the travel agent and a return-client for the future. Everyone wins.” Earlier this year Castillo traveled to Dakar, Senegal to speak to the Africa Travel Association’s (ATA) delegates during the ATA 36th Annual World Global Congress. Oftentimes, leisure and business travelers are left to find resources on their own or are advised to visit a health department; neither option is adequate for an individual who is traveling to areas in certain underdeveloped countries like India, China, Brazil, Peru and even some parts of Europe. About Passport Health: Passport Health is an innovative network of travel immunization clinics with offices in 36 states and 200 offices nationwide. The company’s business model is unique in the medical service industry. The Vaccine Specialists® counsel travelers before their departure and provide them with destination-specific travel information, a complete line of travel and wellness immunizations, specialty travel products and travel and evacuation insurance. Passport Health has positioned itself to support the needs of corporations with its flexible on-site immunization programs—including on-site flu clinics, on-site travel medical services and on-site wellness clinics.