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Tuesday, March 05, 2024
US Department of Commerce

Last month, the US Department of Commerce announced the appointments of 32 leaders from businesses and organizations in the domestic travel and tourism industry to the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). TTAB members advise the Secretary of Commerce on how government policies and programs affect the travel and tourism industry and offer counsel on current and emerging issues to support sustainable growth of the travel and tourism industry as our nation’s economic engine.

US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

"Travel and tourism returned with force in 2022 as we opened up our country once again to visitors from around the globe,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Since day one of the Biden Administration, the Commerce Department has taken decisive actions to support this industry’s recovery. The US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board plays a vital role in providing expert recommendations and industry insight to optimize the American travel experience. I look forward to working with new and returning members.”

TTAB was first chartered in 2003 and has been re-chartered nine times. Past boards have provided advice on a wide range of policies and issues, including travel facilitation, visa policy, infrastructure, aviation security, tourism research, climate, and economic sustainability.

The membership for the 2023-2024 term of TTAB listed below includes representatives of state and regional economic development teams, businesses, and organizations:

  • Reggie Aggarwal, CEO of Cvent
  • Balram Bheodari, Aviation General Manager for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Adam Burke, President & CEO of Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb
  • Julie Coker, President & CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico
  • Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line
  • Fred Felleman, Commissioner of the Port of Seattle
  • Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Film
  • Matt Goldberg, President & CEO of Tripadvisor
  • Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association
  • Russ Hedge, President & CEO of Hostelling International USA
  • Bill Hornbuckle, President & CEO of MGM Resorts International
  • Peter Ingram, President & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines
  • Stephanie Jones, CEO of the Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance
  • Andrew Leary, Director of Sustainable Tourism and Partnerships for Leave No Trace
  • Eric Lipp, Executive Director of Open Doors Organization
  • Casandra Matej, President & CEO of Visit Orlando
  • Peter Millones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Booking Holdings
  • Will Morey, President & CEO of The Morey Organization
  • Tricia Primrose, Executive Vice President of Marriott International
  • Lana Ramos, Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations for Locally Grown Restaurants
  • Carroll Rheem, CEO of iolite group
  • Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies
  • Adam Sacks, President of Tourism Economics
  • John Sage, President of Accessible Travel Solutions
  • Stephen Scherr, CEO of the Hertz Corporation
  • Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President of Expedia
  • Monica Smith, President & CEO of Southeast Tourism Society
  • Jerry Tan, President & CEO of Tan Holdings
  • Donald “D” Taylor, President of UNITE HERE
  • Peter van Berkel, President of Travalco USA

More information about the TTAB can be found here.