News for the Hospitality Executive
DC – May 17, 2011 - Today
the Corporation for Travel Promotion named Jim Evans, a longtime leader
hospitality industry, its first CEO. Evans will be responsible for
Corporation's efforts to promote the United States as a travel
strengthen the U.S. tourism industry. Each overseas visitor to America
an average of $4,000 per trip on hotels, restaurants, attractions,
"I congratulate Jim on his appointment as the first CEO of the newly created Corporation for Travel Promotion," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "Promoting tourism is an important part of the President's National Export Initiative and the overall U.S. economy, and we are fortunate to have Jim's leadership in growing this industry. I look forward to working with him to bring more visitors to our country."
"After considering dozens of candidates, Jim stood out to us as one of the most accomplished executives in the industry today, and he is the Board's unanimous choice to build America's first national program to attract international travel," said Stephen J. Cloobeck, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Corporation for Travel Promotion. "Jim's deep knowledge and decades of leadership in the travel industry are exactly what we need to build this organization."
"Attracting more international travelers to the U.S. will benefit the industry and our country by creating jobs, growing exports and spurring economic growth," said Evans. "I am proud and excited to serve the travel industry – and our country – in carrying out this important mission."
Evans has decades of experience leading and developing businesses in the travel industry. His experience includes:
The Travel Promotion Act, which created the Corporation for Travel Promotion, was signed into law in 2010 in order to help the U.S. capture a greater share of the global travel market. Once it is implemented, the entity will have a budget of up to $200 million, with half of the funding coming from the private sector and no cost to U.S. taxpayers. The program will be responsible for using advertising and other marketing tactics to help increase visitor spending in the U.S.
Travel and tourism is one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries. Over the next 10 years, travel and tourism's total contribution to global GDP is forecast to rise to $9.2 trillion, bringing with it 65 million new jobs. By 2021, travel and tourism will be responsible for one in 10 jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Within the United States, travel and tourism is currently the nation's largest services sector export, representing 25 percent of service exports and 7 percent of all U.S. exports.
Read Jim Evans full bio here .
The Corporation for Travel Promotion is a non-profit corporation created by Congress for the purpose of promoting foreign leisure, business and scholarly travel to the UnitedStates and maximizing the economic and social benefits of that travel for communities across the country. For more information about the Corporation for Travel Promotion, please visit www.CorporationForTravelPromotion.com.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Names Board of Directors for Corporation
for Travel Promotion (CTP); Non-profit will lead effort to promote
travel to the U.S. / September 2010
Register Notice Published for Invitation for Those of Interest to Serve
on Board of Directors for the Corporation for Travel Promotion /
|U.S. Department of Commerce Reports that International Visitors to the U.S. Up 10% in January 2010, the Fourth Straight Month of Increases; Spending at $10.3 billion for the Month / April 2010|
Department of Commerce Reports that U.S. International Air Travel
Abroad Down 3% in 2009 / April 2010