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IITA Insights Newsletter - October 12
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Greetings!

Congress has passed a “stop-gap” budget, that will keep the government running until December 9, after the presidential election. The good news is that the budget included funds to fight the Zika Virus. This will be a huge help to our partners and friends in Florida! Thank you to everyone who sent messages to their representatives in the House and Senate to get this added to the budget bill. We now need to contact our representatives to see that a successful budget is passed that will benefit tourism in the USA. Let's do our part to make certain that proper funding is given for Customs/Border Patrol, TSA, Hiring for Consulates to speed up the Visa Interview Processes and infrastructure for roads, bridges and our National Parks. It makes our jobs so much easier when we can promote visits to the USA that include attractive sights and a warm welcome. Let your elected delegations know where tourism stands!
 
I also want to wish all of our friends in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina well. I hope that the effects of the Hurricane this past weekend were minimal and all will be back to normal for everyone very soon.

-Gary Schluter, Chairman
 Rocky Mountain Holiday Tours

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China Market Update Webinar
Wednesday, Nov, 9th 
2:00pm ET
 
2016 marked the U.S. China Tourism Year. Throughout the year, the Department of Commerce has been working with the China National Tourism Administration, Brand USA, the U.S. Travel Association and other partners to promote travel and tourism between the United States and China. As the second largest source of spending on U.S. travel and tourism, China is essential to the industry. There are tremendous benefits to having specialized training to understand the complexity of the China market. This webinar will examine how the U.S. China Tourism Year has been received and educate participants on how to service and do business with the Chinese traveler. Daniel Huang, President of Chinese Host, will provide real world, practical application strategies for working with Chinese visitors and the cultural nuances to help you best understand their needs and expectations.

David Huang is the owner and president of Chinese Host Inc. (CHD) founded in 2000. Initially, CHD started as a tour company for Chinese travelers to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. He soon added meeting and incentive services. Today, Chinese Host has grown dramatically. They operate more than 40 buses, create FIT and Group itineraries, employ a Go123 shuttle bus system, provide bespoke customized travel arrangements. They also run a  proprietary reservation and information platform for Chinese travel producers along with full service representation services in China. CHD has hosted more than one million Chinese travelers since 2011 and features key destinations and attractions in California, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Utah and the National Parks.

Mr. Huang volunteered to assist NCOT (Nevada Commission on Tourism) in becoming the first state to be granted an official state tourism office in China. He helped build the strategy for NTA’s China initiative, serves on MGM’s Diversity Action Council in Las Vegas which he also initiated and serves on the Visit China board for Las Vegas.

CHD has its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas with branch offices in Los Angeles and China.
 

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From the Inside With Paul Mason

People are thinking differently about how they travel. In the next 10 years, the global middle class is expected to more than double from 2 billion to 4.9 billion and Millennials will represent 60 percent of our guests. At the same time, the $7 trillion global travel and tourism industry is growing faster than the global economy with contributions to the global GDP expecting to rise from $7.1 to $11 trillion. These are seismic shifts that tell us travel is on the rise, but for groups with limited discretionary income who seek value but still expect great experiences. 

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Inbound Visitors Hold Answers to Important Policy Questions
 
In the upcoming 115th Congress, one of the biggest issues which is both unresolved and of interest to inbound tour operators is the massive infrastructure backlog at America's national parks.
 
In a piece on the Centennial of the National Park Service which ran in the Washington Post on August 28, 2016, it was reported that "the system faces a $12 billion maintenance shortfall that has left infrastructure as big as bridges and small as restrooms in disrepair." The first national park, "Yellowstone's backlog alone is $603 million, facing crumbling roads, buildings, and wastewater systems.  Congress has declined to provide funding needed for fixes that have lingered for more than a decade."


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