FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR TAYLOR HOANG APPOINTED AS NEW TRAVEL AND TOURISM ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
SEATTLE – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of 32 members to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), including local entrepreneur, business owner and chef, Taylor Hoang. Hoang’s businesses include Pho Cyclo Cafés, Lavender Jade Catering and Rickshaw Chef. She also serves as the executive director of Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC), a non-profit committed to developing, promoting, and improving the long-term growth, sustainability, and success of immigrant and minority-owned small businesses in the State of Washington.
First chartered in 2003, TTAB serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. The board members represent a broad spectrum of the travel industry, including hotels and restaurants, financial services, transportation services, as well as a variety of small and large firms from across the country.
“The travel and tourism industry supports millions of American jobs and is a major driver of our nation’s economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board offers important guidance and strategies that facilitate collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to ensure that America remains an attractive destination for international visitors for years to come.”
Hoang’s ethnic roots in Vietnam, her success as a small business owner, and her work with ethnic and minority business owners since she established her own mortgage brokerage company in college and through her current work with EBC brings a unique and valuable perspective to the board.
“I’m honored to be part of the advisory board. I look forward to lending my knowledge, experience and viewpoints in helping to create an impact that drives tourism to the U.S.” said Hoang.
The TTAB provides advice that helps the government address emerging issues affecting the travel sector, prioritize travel and tourism policies that will stimulate growth, and solve industry-related problems at many levels. Board members collaborate with other government agencies as part of the Tourism Policy Council, which advanced the development of the President’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The Board will continue its efforts to ensure Strategy’s goal of drawing 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021 is achieved.
Travel and tourism is the United States’ largest services sector export and supports 1.1 million American jobs. Inbound international visitors to the United States spent an estimated $84.1 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services from January to April 2016, an four percent increase from a year ago.
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