National Travel and Tourism Office
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
In addition to providing statistics, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) 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.
2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy
The Department of Commerce, on behalf of the federal interagency Tourism Policy Council, is launching the new National Travel and Tourism Strategy (Strategy) to recover and rebuild a U.S. travel and tourism industry that is more inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and resilient, positioning the sector to drive economic development and export revenue. The Strategy seeks to utilize the full efforts of the federal government to promote the United States as a premiere destination that is representative of the breadth and diversity of its communities, and to foster a sector that creates good jobs for more Americans and is a positive force for sustainability.
Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB)
The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) 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. Visit the TTAB page
NTTO is the official liaison to Brand USA for the U.S. federal government. The Corporation for Travel Promotion (Brand USA) has a multi-language consumer website available whose primary purpose is to provide international travelers with a “one-stop shop” for travel information about the United States. This public-private partnership allows thousands of U.S. travel and tourism industry organizations to be exposed to traveling consumers around the globe, providing them with additional export assistance resources. It covers all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and hundreds of U.S. destinations. Visit the Brand USA page.
NTTO represents U.S. tourism interests in intergovernmental organizations to lead the global efforts for travel and tourism policy concerns and issues, including chairing the Tourism Committee for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
It also serves as the USG official head delegate to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Tourism Working Group and the official U.S. government observer and participant on committees and activities of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
TI News is an information service from NTTO providing up to date Travel and Tourism Industry news. Visit TI News.
NTTO Staff Directory
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism
Email Julie Heizer
Deputy Director, Policy and Planning
Email Jennifer Aguinaga
Email Melissa Bennett
Email Mark Brown
Program Manager & Senior Research Analyst
Email Richard Champley
Policy and Planning
Email Curt Cottle
International Trade Specialist
Email Christina Gay
Email Rafael Gabriel
Deputy Director, Research
Email David Huether
Policy Analyst, Research
Email Samuel Ortiz
Email Margie Parker
Deputy Director, Operations
Email Frank Spector
Email Schermin Smiley
Email John Terpening