Making Memories Tours owner elected to NTA Board

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Missouri tour operator has been elected to the board of directors of the National Tour Association (NTA), a worldwide organization of travel professionals.

Jerry Varner is owner of Making Memories Tours based in Washburn. With pick-up points in Bella Vista, Ark., Washburn, Monett, Springfield, Harrison, Ark., Mountain Home, Ark., Tulsa, Okla., Claremore, Okla., Vinita, Okla., and Joplin, Making Memories Tours plans about 30 tours each year that visit destinations in Canada, the U.S. and several countries around the world. They also build custom tours for banks, churches, senior centers and any other organizations that wish to see the U.S. and the world together as a group.


Varner was elected by about 500 tour operator members of the NTA.

The NTA board consists of 17 members representing tour operators, destination marketing organizations and tour suppliers, including hotels, cruise lines, theaters and restaurants.

Making Memories Tours was founded in 2010, starting out in an empty bedroom with a dream and a love of travel to a staff of 8 “family members” and growing, including a new office building.

“We are so thankful we live in a country where you can take a dream and turn it into something real,” Varner said. “We get to take people to some of the most amazing places on this planet and share that experience with them. For me, there is nothing better than making memories with folks as we travel around the world. It’s the best job ever.”