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Mall of America® Executive Vice President, Maureen Bausch, Appointed to U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

April 8, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of 32 members to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board) that included Mall of America® executive vice president, Maureen Bausch.

The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the industry, including transportation services, financial services, and hotels and restaurants, as well as a mix of other small and large firms from across the country. 166709_num696828_600x600

Mall of America is the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex located in Bloomington, Minn.  The Mall features 520 stores, 50 restaurants, the largest U.S. indoor amusement park, other family attractions and 450 annual events.  Forty-two million guests visit Mall of America annually from around the world. 

“The Commerce Department is committed to expanding U.S. exports in the travel and tourism sector, which supports millions of jobs and is a major contributor to our economic recovery,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board is a critical public-private partnership that helps drive growth in the travel and tourism industry. I look forward to working with the new Board members to continue our efforts of making America a more attractive and accessible destination.”

The Board provides advice that helps the government prioritize the travel and tourism policies that will contribute to growth, including enhanced visa issuance and travel facilitation, increased investment in transportation infrastructure, and research for decision-making. Government agencies that are part of the Tourism Policy Council, including the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, and others, have considered the Board’s advice as they have worked to make progress on these issues. The Board also provided input into the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, and its continued efforts will play an important role in reaching the Strategy’s goal of attracting 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.

Last month, the Commerce Department released new data showing that spending by international visitors in 2013 totaled more than $180.7 billion, up nearly $1.3 billion per month from 2012. The travel and tourism industry now accounts for 26 percent of all American services exports, and nearly eight percent of overall exports.

The full list of members and other information about the Board is available athttp://www.trade.gov/ttab.

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