Gary Schluter, Chairman of the International Inbound Travel Association and General Manager of Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours, was appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB).
On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointments to the TTAB, which serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.
TTAB members represent a broad spectrum of the travel industry, including hotels and restaurants, financial services, transportation services, as well as a variety of small and large firms from across the country. Having the voice of the inbound travel sector in the mix, demonstrates the importance of inbound tour operators in driving international business to the United States.
Schluter has 40+ years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, and as a small business entrepreneur, he owns and operates an international inbound travel company specializing in tours to the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. His company serves tour operators and travelers primarily from Australia, Europe and the UK.
“I am honored to be appointed to serve on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board,” said Schluter. “Inbound tour operators are at the forefront of the industry driving international visitation to the United States. As Chairman of IITA, I will bring the voice of our members to the TTAB as well as be strategically positioned to engage grassroots support and advocacy on issues like Visa Waiver, infrastructure planning and stimulating travel.”
IITA is a trade association representing the international inbound travel industry and receptive tour operators that work with international markets. IITA members include inbound/receptive tour operators, destination management companies, incentive management companies, destination marketing organizations and travel suppliers like hotels, attractions, restaurants and transportation companies. For more information about IITA, visit www.internationalinboundtravelassociation.org.