Kurt Ekert, President and CEO of global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has been appointed Vice-Chair of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
Established in 2003, the Board advises the Secretary of Commerce on key matters affecting US travel and tourism, and provides a forum for industry-related discussions.
“I am honoured to be part of this team of experts who play such an important role in shaping the travel industry,” said Ekert. “We will focus our efforts on attracting new visitors to America, solving issues, and continuing to boost the US economy.”
The Board is comprised of up to 32 members representing companies and organisations in the travel and tourism industry, spanning a broad range of products, services, sizes and locations.
Past Boards have provided counsel on issues including travel facilitation, visa policy, infrastructure, aviation security, research, energy policy and economic sustainability.
CWT’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Natalie Volin Lehr, will serve as Ekert’s deputy.
Ekert was appointed President and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in April 2016, previously holding leadership and governance positions at Cendant, Continental Airlines, eNett, GTA, Orbitz Worldwide and Travelport. He is also a director of the World Travel & Tourism Council.