The USTTA and TIA organized an international press teleconference at Discover America International Pow Wow in Hamburg, Germany, announcing the commitment of the USTTA, TIA, the WTO, and the WTTC to convene an international experts meeting at the WTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, to address traveler safety and security as a global issue.
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.
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. "It's difficult to win the game when [Congress] takes the team off the field." Now, says Griffin, it's up to industry leaders to fight and to join with the public sector in achieving WHCTT goals.
Travel and passenger fare receipts (table 1, lines 5 and 6, and table 3, lines 2 and 3) and payments (table 1, lines 20 and 21, and table 3, lines 25 and 26) have been revised for 1984-88 to include the results of a new travel survey administered by the United States Travel and Tourism Administration (USTTA) and designed in part to meet balance of payments estimation needs.
Major problems occurred in establishing comparability of survey results before and after the first quarter of 1985, when procedures in USTTA's survey were changed.
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. And this is the only federal agency charged with marketing the Unites States as an international destination.
What is encouraging is that USTTA
has selected CVBs as being a key partner in the White House conference by awarding our industry 60-plus delegates.