Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 31 2014

Donald S. Freeman, Jr. Appointed to United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board


Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, is pleased to announce that Chairman Donald S. Freeman, Jr. has been appointed to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of 32 members to the Board, which serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the industry, including transportation services, financial services, and hotels and restaurants, as well as a mix of other small and large firms from across the country.

“The Commerce Department is committed to expanding U.S. exports in the travel and tourism sector, which supports millions of jobs and is a major contributor to our economic recovery,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board is a critical public-private partnership that helps drive growth in the travel and tourism industry. I look forward to working with the new Board members to continue our efforts of making America a more attractive and accessible destination.”

The Board provides advice that helps the government prioritize the travel and tourism policies that will contribute to growth, including enhanced visa issuance and travel facilitation, increased investment in transportation infrastructure, and research for decision-making. Government agencies that are part of the Tourism Policy Council, including the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, and others, have considered the Board’s advice as they have worked to make progress on these issues. The Board also provided input into the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, and its continued efforts will play an important role in reaching the Strategy’s goal of attracting 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.

“It is an honor to be selected as a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board,” said Mr. Freeman. “I look forward to working with the board to promote the importance of this critical sector to our country’s economy, especially as it relates to the live events industry.”

Since becoming Chairman of Freeman in 1977, Mr. Freeman has been recognized by every major industry-related professional organization for his dedication and commitment to promoting the development and growth of the events and exposition industry. In 1993, Mr. Freeman was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders. He was also inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders in 2011.

The full list of members and other information about the Board is available at http://www.trade.gov/ttab.