DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Notice of Opportunity to Apply for Membership on the U.S. Travel
and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board
AGENCY: International Trade Administration
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications
for membership on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Promotion Advisory
Board (“Board”). The purpose of the Board is to recommend
to the Secretary of Commerce the appropriate coordinated activities
with regards to funding for the Travel and Tourism Advertising and
Promotional Campaign (“Campaign”). Pursuant to Pub.
L. No. 108-7, Division B, Section 210, the Secretary of Commerce
shall in consultation with the private sector design, develop and
implement an international advertising and promotional campaign,
which seeks to encourage foreign individuals to travel to the United
States for the purposes of engaging in tourism related activities.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board was established pursuant to
the Department of Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act,
2003, section 210 (Public Law 108-7), to advise the Secretary of
Commerce on appropriate coordinated activities for funding under
the Campaign. The Board shall function as an advisory committee
in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C.
App. 2, and Department of Commerce policies on Advisory Boards.
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries,
Tourism and Finance is accepting applications for Board members.
Members shall serve until the Board’s charter expires on April
1, 2005. Members will be selected based on our judgement of the
candidates’ proven experience in promoting, developing, and
implementing advertising and marketing programs for travel-related
or tourism-related industries; or the candidates’ proven abilities
to manage tourism-related or other service-related organizations.
Each Board member shall serve as the representative of a tourism-related
“U.S. entity.” However, for the purposes of eligibility,
a U.S. entity shall be defined as a firm incorporated in the United
States (or an unincorporated firm with its principal place of business
in the United States) that is controlled by U.S. citizens or by
another U.S. entity. An entity is not a U.S. entity if 50 percent
plus one share of its stock (if a corporation, or a similar ownership
interest of an unincorporated entity) is controlled, directly or
indirectly, by non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. entities. Priority
may be given to chief executive officers or a similarly-situated
officer of a tourism-related entity. Priority may also be given
to individuals with international tourism marketing experience.
Officers or employees of state and regional tourism marketing entities
are also eligible for consideration for Board membership. A state
and regional tourism marketing entity, may include, but is not limited
to, state government tourism office, state and/or local government
supported tourism marketing entities, or multi-state tourism marketing
entities. Again, priority may be given to chief executive officers
or a similarly-situated officer.
Secondary selection criteria will ensure that the board has a balanced
representation of the tourism-related industry in terms of point
of view, demographics, geography and company size. The Board members
will be selected on the basis of their experience and knowledge
of the tourism industry. Members will serve at the discretion of
the Secretary of Commerce.
Board members shall serve in a representative capacity presenting
the views and interests of the particular tourism-related sector
in which they operate. Board members are not special government
employees, and will receive no compensation for their participation
in Board activities. Members participating in Board meetings and
events will be responsible for their travel, living and other personal
expenses. Meetings will be held regularly, usually in Washington,
DC. The first Board meeting has not yet been determined.
To be considered for membership, please provide the following:
1. Name and title of the individual requesting consideration. 2.
A letter of recommendation containing a brief statement of why the
applicant should be considered for membership on the Board. This
recommendation should also include the applicant’s tourism-related
experience. 3. The applicant’s personal resume. 4. An affirmative
statement that the applicant is not required to register as a foreign
agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.
5. If a state or regional tourism marketing entity, the functions
and responsibilities of the entity. 6. The company’s size
and ownership, product or service line and major markets in which
the company operates.
ADDRESSES: Submit application information to Douglas B. Baker,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1128, Washington, DC 20230. Or,
fax the application and other materials to: (202) 482-4775.
DEADLINE: All applications must be received by the Office of the
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance
by close of business on May 12, 2003.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas B. Baker, (202) 482-5261.
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