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July 22, 2010

Measuring and Enhancing Services Trade Data and Information Conference
September 14, 2010 in Washington, DC

The Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI) would like to invite you to participate in an opportunity to engage with government and private sector leaders on services data, including travel and tourism. The goal of the travel and tourism session is to create a dialog between the industry and government to discuss the data needs of the industry. Speakers from the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board, which advises the Secretary of Commerce on travel and tourism related issues, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and OTTI will discuss the available data, data needs of the industry, and possible innovative solutions to obtaining data not currently collected.

With the passage of the Travel Promotion Act, President Obama’s National Export Initiative, the new Travel & Tourism Advisory Board now in place and the Corporation for Travel Promotion about to be stood up, along with the re-invigorated Tourism Policy Council meeting regularly, now, more than ever, there are mechanisms in place to invoke change within the government to work with the private sector to improve travel and tourism data.

Here is your opportunity to have input into the future of data for the travel and tourism industry. Please consider attending the Department of Commerce Services Data Conference in Washington, DC on September 14, 2010. Additional information on the conference is provided below. We encourage you to visit the website to learn more and to register for this event.

The Conference website URL is: https://www.infinityconferences.com/InfiniBase/Templates/130607/Overview.htm

Once on the conference website, please spend time on the overview section, check out the draft agenda, registration area, and opportunity to sponsor links to gain more insight as to what is planned for this important and relevant September meeting.

Overview: The Measuring and Enhancing Services Trade Data and Information Conference is a kickoff event for the Department of Commerce's initiative to collect and disseminate data and information needed to enable private sector companies from within the services industries to make better informed business decisions. The conference will feature innovative new approaches to collection and dissemination of data and information from public and private sources. By initiating a public-private dialog on services data innovation and the measurement of services production and trade, this conference supports the competitiveness of U.S. services industries in a challenging and dynamic global trading environment.A session specific to travel and tourism will be held during the afternoon of this event.

Where: This conference will take place in the main auditorium of the U.S. Department of Commerce building, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. We anticipate approximately 100-200 participants.

Who: Invited speakers include well-known policy leaders from the Bureau of Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and private sector innovators in the services information arena.

Goals: This conference will serve as the foundation event to a much larger initiative being implemented to narrow the gap between the rich and timely data and information available in the manufacturing sector with the far less specific and less timely information available in the services arena. Participant input will be used to formulate an action plan going forward to tackle this important issue and improve the competitiveness of U.S. services industries.

To learn more about the research programs of the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/index.html

To learn more about the Bureau of Economic Analysis travel and passenger fare export and import data, go to: http://www.bea.gov/international/index.htm

To learn more about the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/TTAB/TTAB_Home.html

If you have any questions related to the event, please contact: Barb Rawdon at Barb.Rawdon@trade.gov; or, contact the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries staff at: https://travel.trade.gov/about/index.html

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 1003, Washington, DC 20230; Phone:(202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887; Website: www.tinet.ita.doc.gov; Email: Otti@trade.gov