Global Travel and Tourism Conference

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 1, 2012

 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the Global Travel and Tourism Conference at the U.S. Department of State on October 2, 2012. This is the third in the global business conference series the State Department has launched to support President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s commitment to strengthen the American economy.

Secretary Clinton, Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, as well as officials from the White House, will lead a public-private partnership of nearly 150 senior officials representing diverse organizations from over 80 private corporations and more than 50 U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Transportation, Commerce, and Homeland Security, in addition to domestic and international airlines, Marriott International, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Discovery Communications, and Brand USA.

The conference will focus on an interactive discussion about how the public and private sectors can work together to market and promote the United States and increase travel and tourism. Senior travel and tourism industry representatives, as well as state tourism bureau directors have been invited.

The conference is open to the press. To confirm your attendance at the conference, or to request an interview with a U.S. government official after the conference, please contact

Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be open to the press and will begin at 10:45 a.m. in the George C. Marshall Auditorium.

Final access time for Secretary Clinton’s remarks for video cameras, still photographers, and journalists: 9:30 a.m. from 21st Street Entrance.

Pre set times for the conference, which begins at 8:30 a.m., for video cameras: 7:45 a.m. from 21st Street Entrance. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:15 a.m. from 21st Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRN: 2012/1576