U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Membership of Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Advisory Committee
Washington – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the members of the new National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI). The committee will consist of 25 public and private sector stakeholders involved in the transportation, travel, and tourism industries. The group will advise the Department on current and emerging priorities, issues, projects, and funding needs related to the use of the intermodal transportation network of the U.S. to facilitate travel and tourism.
“By 2045, we will have both a larger population and significantly older infrastructure, and we need to start planning for that reality now,” said Secretary Foxx. “Bringing together this group of experts and leaders in transportation, travel, and tourism will help us build a system that ensures that every family vacation or work trip is as seamless and successful as possible.”
NACTTI was established pursuant to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. In June 2016, it was announced that the Department would seek nominations for individuals who could fulfill the roles of the committee to provide expert information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on intermodalism and travel and tourism in the U.S.
The members are:
Chair: Mr. Rossi Ralenkotter, President & CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Vice Chair: The Honorable Mark Begich, President & CEO, Northern Compass Group, LLC
Ms. Rosemarie Andolino, President & CEO, MAG USA
Mr. Todd Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, Travel Oregon
Mr. Brad Dean, President & CEO, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Mr. James Dubea, Deputy Executive Director, Canaveral Port Authority
The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
Ms. Camille Ferguson, Executive Director, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Mr. Sean Fitzgerald, Vice President, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Ford Fuchigami, Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation
Ms. Gladys Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, Transportation Demand Management, Inc.
Mr. Bryan Grimaldi, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, NYC & Company, Inc.
The Honorable Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Ms. Valarie Long, International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union
Mr. Joseph Lopano, Chief Executive Officer, Tampa International Aiport
Mr. Jim Mathews, President & CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers
Mr. Sean Menke, Exectutive Vice President, Sabre
Mr. Peter Pantuso, President & CEO, American Bus Association
Ms. Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Airlines for America
Mr. John Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Ms. Cathy Ritter, Director, Colorado Tourism Office
Mr. Jim Sayer, Executive Director, Adventure Cycling Association
Ms. Anne Taber Klenke, Tourism Director, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ms. Diana Threadgill, President & Executive Director, Mississippi River Cooridor – Tennessee
Mr. Charles Zelle, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Committee members will serve two-year terms. The Department selected individuals with in-depth knowledge of their respective industries or government sectors. Members are nominated through a full and open process published in the Federal Register.