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March 13, 2006


The U.S. Department of Commerce announces a request for proposals (RFP) from vendors for the Survey of International Air Travelers program. The Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI) goal is to improve the current “In-Flight Survey” program based on the 2005 request for information (RFI) and upcoming proposals received from commercial contractors.

The Government’s objective is to assess the economic impact of international visitation, from passengers who travel to the U.S., and those traveling from the U.S., during a calendar year. The main purpose of the Survey is to provide data integral to the 1) calculation of the international balance of trade (exports/imports) for travel services, 2) determination of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the 3) quantification of the national level of Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts (TTSA). The Survey also provides statistical market data on visitation patterns and traveler characteristics of the international air passenger travel market, which is used to facilitate and guide planning in both the public and private sectors.

To view the solicitation, issued by the NOAA Procurement division of U.S. DOC, go to:


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Inquiries should be directed to Lauren Kunze at Lauren.kunze@noaa.gov or Joel Perlroth at joel.l.perlroth@noaa.gov.

Salient milestones:

  • OTTI/NOAA will host a question and answer session for interested vendors on Thursday, March 23 rd, 1:00pm EST, at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Room #1414, 14 th & Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC. 20230. Please RSVP to Lauren Kunze at lauren.kunze@noaa.gov.
  • Final proposals are due by 4 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 24, 2006.

For additional information on the current program, including responses to the request for information (RFI) in 2005, please go to:


Users of the In-Flight Survey data are encouraged to convey this solicitation to vendors who may be interested in this opportunity.

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)

International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

14 th & Constitution Ave., NW, Room 1003

Washington, D.C. 20230

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