U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration
Industry & Analysis

National Travel & Tourism Office

National Travel & Tourism Office:

Creates a positive climate for growth in travel and tourism by reducing institutional barriers to tourism, administers joint marketing efforts, provides official travel and tourism statistics, and coordinates efforts across federal agencies through the Tourism Policy Council. The Office works to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and increase its exports, thereby creating U.S. employment and economic growth through:

  • management of the travel and tourism statistical system for assessing the economic contribution of the industry and providing the sole source for characteristic statistics on international travel to and from the United States;
  • design and administration of export expansion activities;
  • development and management of tourism policy, strategy and advocacy; and
  • Technical assistance for expanding this key export (international tourism) and assisting in domestic economic development.


The NTTO is located in the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce.

Location: 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

Main Phone: 202.482.0140

Main Phone Executive Director’s Office:  202.482.0301

Fax: 202.482.2887

Staff Listing:

Name Title
Kelly Craighead Executive Director
Isabel Hill Director
Brian Beall Supervisory International Trade Specialist
Claudia Wolfe Economist
Curt Cottle International Trade Specialist
Jennifer Kirsch International Trade Specialist
John Terpening Economist
Julie Heizer Team Lead, Industry Relations
Margie Parker Program Assistant
Mark Brown Market Research Analyst
Melissa Bennett Program Analyst 
Richard Champley Sr. Research Analyst
Ron Erdmann Team Lead, Research
Schermin Smiley Administrative Specialist
Soshana Hashmie Special Assistant, Office of the Executive Director