Hannemann, Ingram, of Hawaii, appointed to US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board: Big Island Now

Mufi Hannemann (left) and Peter Ingram have been appointed to the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, and Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, have been appointed for a two-year term to the American Travel Advisory Board and tourism.

The announcement of the 32 board members was made on January 12 by US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

“Travel and tourism came back strong in 2022 as we once again opened up our country to visitors from around the world,” Secretary Raimondo said in a press release. “Since day one of the Biden administration, the Commerce Department has taken decisive action to support the recovery of this industry.


“The US Travel and Tourism Advisory Council plays a vital role in providing expert recommendations and industry insights to optimize the travel experience in the United States. I look forward to working with new members and old members.

The 32-member Board of Directors serves as an advisory body to Secretary Raimondo and the Department of Commerce on issues and concerns affecting the national travel and tourism industry. Members represent the breadth of the US travel industry, with representatives from state and city tourism authorities, airports and airlines, hotel chains, trade associations and unions.

Hannemann said he was “honored to represent the Hawaiian Islands in bringing our priorities to the Secretary of Commerce.”


US Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman said, “This exceptional and diverse group of leaders will provide invaluable expertise to Secretary Raimondo and the Commerce Department as the United States tackles the issues. urgent to develop the travel industry. Cooperation between industry and government is essential to making travel a vital component of economic activity and job growth.

Hannemann has led the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association since 2015 and served as the organization’s director from 2011 to 2012.

He has also held various positions with many other national organizations. While mayor of Honolulu, he chaired the U.S. Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors, which for the first time championed inclusion of the tourism industry in the mayors’ “10 Point Plan for America’s Cities”.


Hannemann served as a White House member in the office of then-Vice President George HW Bush. Prior to this Commerce Department appointment, he was appointed by consecutive Presidential administrations to positions in the US Departments of Transportation, Labor, State, and Interior.

The composition of the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board for the 2023-2024 term also includes:

  1. Reggie Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Cvent
  2. Balram Bheodari, General Manager of Aviation, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  3. Adam Burke, President and CEO, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Council
  4. Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO, Airbnb
  5. Julie Coker, President and CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority
  6. Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico
  7. Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line
  8. Fred Felleman, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
  9. Liz Fitzsimmons, Executive Director, Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Film
  10. Matt Goldberg, President and CEO, Tripadvisor, Inc.
  11. Russ Hedge, President and CEO, Hostelling International USA
  12. Bill Hornbuckle, President and CEO, MGM Resorts International
  13. Stephanie Jones, Founder and CEO, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance
  14. Andrew Leary, Director of Sustainable Tourism and Partnerships, Leave No Trace
  15. Eric Lipp, Founder and Executive Director, Open Doors Organization
  16. Casandra Matej, President and CEO, Visit Orlando
  17. Peter Millones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Booking Holdings, Inc.
  18. Will Morey, President and CEO, The Morey Organization
  19. Tricia Primrose, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Communications and Public Affairs, Marriott International
  20. Lana Ramos, Vice President, Marketing and Community Relations, Local Restaurants
  21. Carroll Rheem, Founder and CEO, iolite group
  22. Dan Richards, Founder and CEO, The Global Rescue Companies
  23. Adam Sacks, President, Tourism Economics
  24. John Sage, President, Accessible Travel Solutions
  25. Stephen Scherr, CEO, Hertz Corporation
  26. Greg Schulze, Senior Vice President, Strategic Travel Partners, Expedia
  27. Monica Smith, President and CEO, Southeast Tourism Society
  28. Jerry Tan, President and CEO, Tan Holdings
  29. Donald “D” Taylor, President, UNITE HERE
  30. Peter van Berkel, President, Travalco USA, Inc.

To read the announcement released by the US Department of Commerce, please visit this link: https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2023/01/secretary-raimondo-appoints-members-us-travel-and-tourism-advisory

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