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Date:Date: Mon, 12 Apr 1999 09:57:21 -0400 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement
To: tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov
Subject: TInews: In-Flight Survey Program Milestones to take us into the Millennium

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U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

4/12/99

In-Flight Survey Program Milestones to take us into the Millennium

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Tourism Industries (TI) is delighted to announce the completion of two major milestones in its preparation for the delivery of timely and accurate data into the millennium. The first is obtaining clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the Survey of International Air Travelers (or In-Flight Survey), and the other is the award of the In-Flight Survey contract to CIC Research, Inc. of San Diego, California.

TI obtained an OMB clearance for the In-Flight Survey until 3/31/2002. The only condition of clearance was that TI must work to continue to improve response rates. The clearance obtained is required of all government agencies that conduct survey research. The Office of Management and Budget assigns an OMB number that identifies each survey as an approved federal government research program. Without this clearance, the survey could not be conducted.

On TI's web site, we briefly discuss the process to obtain permission to conduct the survey. It can be found at: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/ifs/question.html. On June 17, 1998 TI issued a TI News announcement entitled: Comments Requested for In-Flight Survey Program. TI would like to thank the 30 plus Travel industry partners who responded to the Federal Register Notice issued to announce TI's intent to continue this program. If you would like to see this notice, please visit TI's website at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=1998_register&docid=fr11my98-30

TI and its contractor, CIC Research, have worked very hard to continually improve this research program. The improvements documented in the clearance package, along with industry support, helped TI obtain a three year clearance for this program.

The second part of this announcement is to report that TI has issued a new contract for the 1999-2003 In-Flight Survey to CIC Research, Inc. in San Diego, California. This new contract will allow TI to continue administering this program. The process to obtain a new contractor due to the impending expiration of the previous contract started in November 1997, and on April 27, 1998 TI issued a TI News entitled: In-Flight Survey Request for Proposals. This announcement may also be seen in the archives for TI News. TI has continued to work with the Commerce Procurement Office to secure this new contract issued on March 2, 1999.

The new contract has several options for improved data: implement the base program, work to add new airlines/improve participation of existing carriers, and improve the gateway manager and flight crew participation in the program. In addition, there are also several line item options to redesign the questionnaire and modify the report formats to accommodate the questionnaire changes. There are several options to allow the contractor to develop custom reports and data tapes. Two new options allow the contractor to provide Excel or Lotus 123 spreadsheets to clients for the custom reports and/or national reports issued by TI. Another new line item option allows the contractor to perform an executive summary of the data analyses for the country reports or custom reports.

TI is delighted to have CIC Research as our contractor and we hope to work closer with CIC and the industry in the upcoming years to further improve the data we provide to the industry on international travelers to and from the United States. To learn more about the In-Flight Survey program, please visit TI's web site at:

https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/ifs/index.html

Or visit CIC Research's web site at: http://www.cicresearch.com/ita/.

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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1860 Washington, D.C. 20230 (202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887 e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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