Niagara Gazette — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will join Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt today for a discussion about efforts to promote the United States as a travel destination and to raise the profile of the Niagara Region as a destination for international visitors.
During the event, to be held at Old Fort Niagara, the pair will take a tour of the fort before holding a press conference with members of the media.
The visit follows National Travel and Tourism Week, which was held last week to recognize the tourism industry’s contributions to the U.S. economy. It also follows the first anniversary of the release of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, which outlined an approach for expanding tourism to and within the U.S. The strategy aims to attract 100 million international visitors per year to domestic locations like the Falls, suggesting visitors would spend roughly $250 billion per year, supporting more jobs and spurring economic growth in communities across the country.
Gillibrand’s office noted that travel and tourism represent the largest service-export industry in the U.S. In 2012, the office said travel and tourism accounted for eight percent of all U.S. exports and 27 percent of all service exports, reaching a record $168.1 billion.
Gillibrand is a member of the President’s Export Council, which advises the president on ways to increase exports of American goods and services.