Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced Thursday the appointment of 32 leaders from businesses and organizations in the domestic travel and tourism industry to the US Travel And Tourism Advisory Board. Representing the gaming industry, President and CEO of MGM Resorts International Bill Hornbuckle is one of them.
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 the sustainable growth of the travel and tourism industry as the nation’s economic engine.
“Travel and tourism returned with force in 2022 as we opened up our country once again to visitors from around the globe. Since day one of the Biden Administration, the Commerce Department has taken decisive actions to support this industry’s recovery,” Raimondo stated.
“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,” she added.
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 includes representatives of state and regional economic development teams, businesses, and organizations such as Airbnb, Marriott International, Carnival Cruise Line, Tripadvisor, Booking, and more.