Travel & Tourism Forum

November 15, 2012 - 8:30 - 11:00 am | The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW
According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel generates $1.9 trillion in output and helps maintain 14.4 million jobs in the U.S per year. The industry is currently expanding at a rate of 29% per year--9,200 new jobs were added in the sector during July only. How can policy cultivate the growth of travel-related employment? How can the public and private sectors work together to market and promote the United States for tourism? What are some new ways to attract the growing number of international travelers from China, India and Brazil? Washington Post Live gathered administration, congressional and industry officials to discuss ways to bolster this key industry in front of our audience.

    Video highlights

     

    Why do tourists want to come to America?

    Why do tourists want to come to America?

    Rep. Sam Farr (D-California) says foreign tourists want to see the country that elected President Barack Obama.
    Mary Jordan: Travel is a bright spot in a dull economy

    Mary Jordan: Travel is a bright spot in a dull economy

    Washington Post Live Editor Mary Jordan discusses importance of travel saying, “When you go around the world, you learn a lot.”
    Freeman on travel after 9/11

    Freeman on travel after 9/11

    Geoff Freeman of the U.S. Travel Association says, “Unfortunately a perception formed after 9/11 that America was not as welcoming as it once was.”
    Graham discusses how American culture attracts tourists

    Graham discusses how American culture attracts tourists

    Nick Graham, Expedia, says one of Expedia’s top tours is a Sex and the City tour in New York City.
    Pinkerton discusses taxes on plane tickets

    Pinkerton discusses taxes on plane tickets

    Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America, says taxes on airplane tickets are more than on “beer, cigaretttes, and guns.”
    What do Brazilians want to see in America?

    What do Brazilians want to see in America?

    Brazilian Amassador Mauro Vieira says Brazillians visiting the United States often visit New York and Orlando, Florida.
    Suh on American travel in 10 years

    Suh on American travel in 10 years

    Rhea Suh, U.S. Department of Interior, discusses how technology will change travel in the next 10 years.
    Farr on his experiences with TSA

    Farr on his experiences with TSA

    Congressman Sam Farr discusses infrastructure and his own experiences with TSA.
    Ramotowski on reduction of wait time for visa appointments overseas

    Ramotowski on reduction of wait time for visa appointments overseas

    Ed Ramotowski, State Department, says the government understands the importance of legitimate travel and has worked to reduce wait time for visa appointments overseas.
    Hyatt: We need to consider customer experience

    Hyatt: We need to consider customer experience

    Kenneth Hyatt, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, says we need to consider the customer experience in order to ensure foreign visitors return to America.

     

    Panel Discussion: Trends and Economic Impact of Travel

    Panel Discussion: Trends and Economic Impact of Travel

    Rep. Sam Farr, Geoff Freeman, and Kenneth Hyatt participated in a panel discussion at Washington Post Live’s Travel and Tourism Forum.
    Panel discussion: The Importance of Foreign Visitors

    Panel discussion: The Importance of Foreign Visitors

    Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira, Sharon Pinkerton, Ed Ramotowski, and Chris Thompson discuss the importance of foreign visitors to the United States.
    Panel: Promoting tourism in the U.S.

    Panel: Promoting tourism in the U.S.

    Nick Graham, Expedia; Rhea Suh, Department of Interior; and Richard Perdue, Virginia Tech discuss tourism promotion at Washington Post Live’s Travel & Tourism Forum.

    Photo highlights

    November 15, 2012 - Rep Sam Farr at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism fourm. (Jeff Martin/for The Washington Post)

    • November 15, 2012 - Rep Sam Farr at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism fourm.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Nick Graham, Expedia, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Ed Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America, at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Chris Thompson and Norie Quintos at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Mary Jordan, Rep. Sam Farr, Geoff Freeman, and Kenneth Hyatt at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism fourm.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Kenneth Hyatt, Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Geoff Freeman at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism fourm.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Chris Thompson, Brand USA, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    • November 15, 2012 - Chris Thompson, Brand USA, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
    • (Jeff Martin/for The Washington Post)
    • November 15, 2012 - Chris Thompson, Brand USA, speaks at Washington Post Live's Travel and Tourism Forum.
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    Speakers

    Mauro Vieira

    Mauro Vieira

    Ambassador of Brazil to the United States, Embassy of Brazil

    Sharon Pinkerton

    Sharon Pinkerton

    Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy

    Dean Reeder

    Dean Reeder

    National Tourism Director, National Park Service

    Richard Perdue

    Richard Perdue

    Head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Virginia Tech

    Nick Graham

    Nick Graham

    Senior Director of Market Management, Expedia

    Mary Jordan

    Mary Jordan

    Editor, Washington Post Live

    Rhea Suh

    Rhea Suh

    Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior

    Sam Farr

    Sam Farr

    Representative, D - CA; Co-Chair; Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus

    Christopher Thompson

    Christopher Thompson

    President and CEO, Brand USA

    Kenneth Hyatt

    Kenneth Hyatt

    Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce

    Edward Ramotowksi

    Edward Ramotowksi

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, U.S. Department of State

    Geoff Freeman

    Geoff Freeman

    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Travel Association