Tourism Advisory Board Other Related Information
Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Last Meeting of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Secretary Pritzker Announces the Newly Appointment Members of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
News Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Announces New
Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Members
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of 32 members to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the industry, including transportation services, financial services, and hotels and restaurants, as well as a mix of other small and large firms from across the country.
“The Commerce Department is committed to expanding U.S. exports in the travel and tourism sector, which supports millions of jobs and is a major contributor to our economic recovery,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board is a critical public-private partnership that helps drive growth in the travel and tourism industry. I look forward to working with the new Board members to continue our efforts of making America a more attractive and accessible destination.”
The Board provides advice that helps the government prioritize the travel and tourism policies that will contribute to growth, including enhanced visa issuance and travel facilitation, increased investment in transportation infrastructure, and research for decision-making. Government agencies that are part of the Tourism Policy Council, including the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, and others, have considered the Board’s advice as they have worked to make progress on these issues. The Board also provided input into the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, and its continued efforts will play an important role in reaching the Strategy’s goal of attracting 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.
Last month, the Commerce Department released new data showing that spending by international visitors in 2013 totaled more than $180.7 billion, up nearly $1.3 billion per month from 2012. The travel and tourism industry now accounts for 26 percent of all American services exports, and nearly eight percent of overall exports.
The newly appointed members of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board are:
- *Chair, Sam Gilliland, Chairman Emeritus, Sabre, Southlake, Texas
- *Vice-Chair, Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda, Md.
- *Holly Agra, Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago, Ill.
- David Berg, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Airlines for America, Washington D.C.
- Darrell Bryan, President and CEO, Clipper Navigation, Seattle, Wash.
- Henry Cruz, Senior Partner, The CrossBrook Organization, LLC, Alexandria, Va.
- *Todd Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Oregon, Salem, Ore.
- Brad Dean, President and CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau / Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- Fred Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, NYC & Company, New York City, N.Y.
- *Maryann Ferenc, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mise en Place, Inc., Tampa Bay, Fla.
- *Elliott Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Destination DC, Washington, D.C.
- Don Freeman, Chairman, Freeman Decorating Co., Houston, Texas
- Mike Gallagher, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, CityPASS, Victor, Idaho
- James Hagen, Secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism, Pierre, S.D.
- Barney Harford, Chief Executive Officer, Orbitz Worldwide, Chicago, Ill.
- *Kirk Hoessle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Wildland Adventures, Girdwood, Alaska
- Jeremy Jacobs, Jr., Principal, Delaware North Companies, Buffalo, N.Y.
- *Robert Lynch, President, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
- Michael McCormick, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Global Business Travel Association, Alexandria, Va.
- Margaret McKeough, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Washington, D.C.
- *Brian Mullis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Travel International, White Salmon, Wash.
- *Rossi Ralenkotter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas, Nev.
- *Olga Ramudo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Express Travel of Miami, Inc., Miami, Fla.
- *Trudy Rautio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson, Minnetonka, Minn.
- Dean Runyan, President, Dean Runyan Associates, Portland, Ore.
- *Sherry Rupert, President, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, Albuquerque, N.M.
- *John Sprouls, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Orlando Resort and Executive Vice President, Universal Parks and Resorts, Orlando, Fla.
- *Greg Stubblefield, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Enterprise Holdings, St. Louis, Mo.
- *Carol Wallace, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Convention Center Corporation, San Diego, Calif.
- *Jonathan Zuk, President, Amadeo Travel Solutions, Verona, N.J.
* Denotes reappointed Travel and Tourism Advisory Board member.
The full list of members and other information about the Board is available at http://www.trade.gov/ttab.
For more information, please email Jennifer Pilat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board) serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. The Board advises the Secretary on government policies and programs that affect the U.S. travel and tourism industry, offers counsel on current and emerging issues, and provides a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems.
The current Board has provided valuable advice on the National Travel and Tourism Strategy (Strategy) to the Department of Commerce, and, through the Department to the interagency Tourism Policy Council, informing the development of the Strategy. In addition to that work, the Board has established subcommittees to examine issues under four overarching topics: advocacy; business climate; infrastructure and sustainability; and travel facilitation. The Board has also formed a research task force to examine data and research challenges experienced in the industry. Future Board recommendations will be shared on this site.
The Board is comprised of up to thirty-two members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. Members represent companies and organizations in the travel and tourism industry from a broad range of products and services, company sizes and geographic locations. Members serve, at the pleasure of the Secretary, typically for a two-year term. The Board was originally chartered in 2003, and because of the Department’s need for the ongoing advice from industry representatives, has been re-chartered five times, most recently in August 2013.
Past Boards have presented Secretaries of Commerce with advice on a wide range of policies and issues facing the travel and tourism including travel facilitation, visa policy, infrastructure, aviation security, research, energy policy, economic sustainability and the need for a coordinated governmental strategy on travel and tourism.
The Assistant Secretary of Industry & Analysis serves as the Board’s Executive Director. The Office of Advisory Committees serves as the Executive Secretariat for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The Executive Secretariat can be reached at (202) 482-4501 or U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 4043, Washington, DC, 20230.
Additional information on the U.S. travel and tourism industry can be found on the website for the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, http://travel.trade.gov.
The International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, manages this global trade site to provide access to ITA information on promoting trade and investment, strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. industry, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. This site contains PDF documents. A PDF reader is available from Adobe Systems Incorporated.