by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 03, 2010

J. Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named by the Obama administration to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and advise U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the president on matters relating to national travel and tourism policy. Perry is one of 29 hospitality industry CEOs serving on the board; the others include David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western International; Richard H. Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines; Chuck Floyd, COO of Global Hyatt; John Sprouls, CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts; Jeremy Jacobs Sr., chairman and CEO of Delaware North; Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International; Sam Gilliland, president and CEO of Sabre Holdings; Joseph Saunders, chairman and CEO of VISA; and Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Perry also served on the board in 2008 under President Bush, and he takes over as chairman of the board of the Destination Marketing Association International this summer.