U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced the inaugural members of the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure. Of the 25 appointees, 13 are members of the U.S. Travel Association. The members are:
Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (chair);
Todd Davidson, chief executive officer, Travel Oregon (U.S. Travel's current national chair);
Brad Dean, president and CEO, Visit Myrtle Beach;
Camille Ferguson, executive director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association;
Sean R. Fitzgerald, vice president of airport property, construction and environmental, Enterprise Holdings;
Ford Fuchigami, director, Hawaii Department of Transportation;
Bryan Grimaldi, COO and general counsel, NYC & Company Inc.;
Joseph Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport;
Sean Menke, president, Sabre Travel Network;
Peter Pantuso, president and CEO, American Bus Association;
Jack Potter, CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority;
Cathy Ritter, director, Colorado Tourism Office; and
Anne Taber Klenke, tourism director, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The NACTTI, established by last year's surface transportation bill, will assist the U.S. Department of Transportation in developing policy recommendations and strategies to improve travel infrastructure and mobility.
"Having the voice of travel leaders at the table will enable the country to better craft its infrastructure priorities for maximum benefit to both the economy and travelers," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "Congratulations to the U.S. Travel Association members who have been appointed to the NACTTI. Our organization looks forward to continually working with government leaders to keep travelers moving."
Dow added his personal thanks to Secretary Foxx for appointing travel leaders to the committee, and to travel champions in Congress for supporting the creation of the NACTTI.
Advancing measures that enhance the country's travel infrastructure is one of the main objectives in U.S. Travel's strategic plan. During congressional negotiations on the FAST Act, U.S. Travel strongly advocated for the formation of the NACTTI and other measures that encourage federal and local transportation officials to consider the travel and tourism sector when developing long-term transportation improvement plans.