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Our team of U.S. and international industry specialists in 200 global cities is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. travel and tourism industry, expanding market access, increasing exports, and expanding the worldwide presence of U.S. firms fostering new business contacts.
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International Trade Administration Contacts for the Travel & Tourism Industry

The International Trade Administration offers a range of industry expertise and business development opportunities for U.S. travel and tourism organizations including travel and tourism statistics, market intelligence, and trade events leveraging our National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) and the U.S. Commercial Service’s worldwide network located in 100 offices nationwide and in more than 70 international offices.

Travel and Tourism Contacts

Take advantage of the expertise offered across the International Trade Administration export value chain.


National Travel & Tourism (NTTO) Staff Directory

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.  Contact our staff below:


Alex Lasry
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism

Brian Beall
Office Director

Jennifer Aguinaga
Deputy Director, Policy and Planning
(202) 482-2404
Email Jennifer Aguinaga

Melissa Bennett
(202) 482-4004
Email Melissa Bennett

Richard Champley
Program Manager & Senior Research Analyst 
(202) 482-4753 
Email Richard Champley

Curt Cottle
Policy and Planning 
(202) 482-4601
Email Curt Cottle

Rafael Gabriel
(202) 482-4555
Email Rafael Gabriel

Christina Gay 
International Trade Specialist
(202) 482-4257
Email Christina Gay

David Huether
Deputy Director, Research
(202) 482-1757
Email David Huether

Margie Parker 
Program Assistant
(202) 482-2408 
Email Margie Parker

Julianna Rak 
Trade Specialist
(202) 963-8451
Email Julianna Rak

Schermin Smiley
(202) 482-4866
Email Schermin Smiley

Tien Tian
Economist, Research
(202) 482-2054
Email Tien Tian

John Terpening 
(202) 482-6390
Email John Terpening


Global Travel & Tourism Team Leader

Looking for information on upcoming trade events or other business development opportunities? 

Please contact the Global Travel & Tourism Team Leader:

Karen Ballard
Global Team Leader for Travel & Tourism 


U.S. Commercial Service Offices in the United States

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