Next Meeting of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Thursday, December 12, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
U.S. Department of Commerce
The meeting will be open to the public and will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. All guests are required to register in advance to OACIE@trade.gov. Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. The meeting room number will be provided upon registration.
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 four times, most recently in September 2011.
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.