U.S. Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D—N.C.) applauded the appointment of Linda Carlisle, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, to the president’s U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
“I was proud to nominate Linda Carlisle to serve on the President’s Travel and Tourism Board,” Hagan said Thursday, Jan. 19. “For years, Linda has been a tireless proponent of economic development and tourism and has helped to make North Carolina a favorite travel destination through her work at the Department of Cultural Resources, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and various community organizations. I know that Linda will continue to be an outstanding advocate for our state and our country in her new position, and I am so pleased that North Carolina will have a seat at the table as we seek to increase travel and tourism in the U.S.”
Carlisle said she was thrilled at the opportunity.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve on this prestigious board of advisers,” Carlisle said. “North Carolina offers a unique perspective as we are ranked the sixth most-visited state in the nation, and last year alone travelers spent $17 billion in our state.
“Even more importantly, I’m excited to be a part of the nation’s efforts to boost tourism dollars, especially when cultural tourism accounts for nearly 40 percent of leisure travel. As Secretary of North Carolina’s Cultural Resources, I am committed to strengthening and growing this segment of tourism.”
Carlisle, along with 31 newly appointed TTAB members, was sworn in Thursday, Jan. 19, following the President’s announcement of a National Travel & Tourism Strategy.
The TTAB consists of up to 32 members that advise the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect the U.S. travel and tourism industry, offers counsel on current and emerging issues, and provides a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems. Members represent companies and organizations in the travel and tourism industry from a broad range of products and services, company sizes and geographic locations.