Forecast for International Travel 2017 – 2021
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. ET
The US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office provides products and services to enhance the international competitiveness of the US travel and tourism industry and increase its exports, thereby creating US employment and economic growth. This session will examine the US inbound tourism forecast from the leading source countries and examine “up and coming” sources of leisure travelers to the United States. During this webinar attendees will also hear about what goes into the NTTO forecast and how it all is used together to develop the projections on travel to the U.S.
US Department of Commerce, National Travel and Tourism Office
Ron Erdmann is the Deputy Director for Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO). He is responsible for the oversight and improvement of the Office’s seven international travel and tourism research programs. These programs provide key market intelligence on the volume and characteristics of travelers to and from the United States. Another responsibility he enjoys is working with industry users to provide practical marketing intelligence on how to effectively use research data to increase exports. He serves as the Office liaison to the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board research sub-committee and the Tourism Policy Council research committee. He is also part of the Commerce Team that developed and is now working to implement the National Travel & Tourism Strategy.
Prior to joining the NTTO, he worked for the U.S. Travel & Tourism Administration, Office of Research for nine years until its April 1996 closure. He also has worked to develop and promote rural tourism, worked for a regional tourism association, and has a Master’s Degree in Hospitality & Tourism. He has served on the Travel & Tourism Research Association Board and has been a U.S. Travel Association Research Board member as well.