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Plano, Texas, November 4, 2016 - Representatives from Rovia™ joined forces with 300 travel industry leaders in an effort to give back and say “thank you” to three iconic national parks.

The event, “Tourism Cares for New York Harbor,” took place in New York City, where volunteers from 80 different travel companies spent the day cleaning and beautifying Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and Liberty State Park.

Hosted by Tourism Cares, the non-profit, philanthropic arm of the travel and tourism industry, the volunteer day marked the final effort of a successful yearlong campaign. It was one of five events held in order to encourage travel industry leaders to help clean up and beautify U.S. national parks in honor of The National Park Service centennial year celebration.

“Future generations deserve to be able to enjoy these beautiful places, unfortunately The National Park Service simply cannot maintain it all on their own. It takes each of us to do a little bit to make a big difference,” said Rovia President Jim Menge. “Because of initiatives like this one, places like this will be here in the future, they’ll be clean, they’ll be safe and they’ll be places people want to go visit.”

Altogether, the day’s impact brought in a total of 1,800 hours of service at a value of approximately $48,000 to the state and national park staff, according to a recently released impact report.

Of that, volunteers mulched 60,000 cubic feet, protecting nearly 300 trees and planted 1,000 bulbs at Liberty State Park and Statue of Liberty. At Ellis Island, volunteers painted 648 feet of chain link fence and 78 posts, using more than 10 gallons of paint, properly preserved more than 2,000 historic roofing tiles and to help prepare for future flooding, volunteers helped to make approximately 200 sandbags.

About Rovia

Rovia is an award-winning travel and service provider for business partners and membership-based global companies. Since its inception in 2005, Rovia has established itself as a leader in the industry, catering to the needs of its customers as well as travel agents for both individual and group travel. Comprised of a knowledgeable and service-oriented team with decades of travel experience, Rovia currently provides more than 6,500 curated group trips for membership-based companies and thousands more for individuals around the world. The company is affiliated with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and provides travel solutions to more than 70 countries. Rovia has offices in Texas, South Carolina and Hong Kong. Learn more at

About Tourism CaresTourism Cares, a 501(c)3 nonprofit*, is the charitable community of the travel and tourism industry. Tourism Cares, unites the industry in three initiatives where, in addition to individual company efforts, we can make a greater difference by working together. Founded by NTA and USTOA in 2003, with representation from ASTA, IATAN and many of the industry’s leading companies and associations, we span and connect the entire industry around giving back. For more information, visit,