ITA - Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

Tourism Policy

Tourism Policy

The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) plays an active role in domestic and international policy issues related to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. The Office fosters the development of policies that encourage the growth of travel and tourism to the United States.

The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO):

  • Promotes the growth of U.S. travel exports through bilateral agreements with countries of strategic importance, including the Memorandum of Understanding with China on group leisure travel;
  • Represents U.S. tourism interests in intergovernmental organizations to lead the global efforts for travel and tourism policy concerns and issues, including chairing the Tourism Committee for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (;
  • Serves as the Secretariat for the interagency Tourism Policy Council, ensuring that the nationís travel and tourism interests are considered in Federal decision-making. More than 18 agencies and offices of the government participate in this Council;
  • Serves as the USG official head delegate to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Tourism Working Group (;
  • Serves as the official U.S. government observer and participant on committees and activities of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.


National Travel and Tourism Strategy

Travel Promotion Act