USTTA, TIA, and WTTC assisted in the planning and execution of the meeting, which was attended by more than 60 country representatives and private sector officials.
USTTA and TIA published a report of survey results from the USTTA/TIA Traveler Safety and Security Initiative and distributed the report throughout the United States and the international community (Smith 1994a).
The Air Transport Association and other aviation organizations collaborated with USTTA to introduce traveler safety videos tailored to specific markets to run during inbound flights to the United States.
While many verbalized their despair about the decline of the United States as an economic player in inbound tourism and its failure to boast what it has to offer (according to USTTA statistics, the United States ranks 33rd in terms of national tourism promotion budgets), even larger numbers of conference delegates cheered the country's variety of travel attractions and rich cultural experiences and pointed to the industry's potential.
What is upsetting to Griffin is the abrupt cut in funding to USTTA.
If USTTA is eliminated, is the convention industry positioned to replace it through privatization?
Clearly there is great concern that Congress will cut funding for USTTA.