TEXAS TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AND TEXAS COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS ASSOCIATION FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
New TCAA Officers Elected
The Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) and the Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA) have joined together in a strategic alliance that will provide both organizations with enhanced advocacy efforts that will contribute to the entire travel industry in Texas. TTIA is the umbrella organization which provides advocacy and education for the travel industry in Texas. Under the contract agreement, TTIA will manage the operations of TCAA, the state entity which provides advocacy and education for the 25 commercial airports in Texas.
"Our partnership will allow TTIA and TCAA to work together on advocacy issues of importance not only to the airports but to the entire travel industry in Texas and to support policies at the federal and state level which will enhance new economic development and benefits to the state's overall economy," said David Teel, President & CEO, TTIA.
Under the management agreement, TTIA will oversee strategic planning, day-to-day administration of association affairs, communications, board-related activities, and lobbying efforts. Teel will also serve as Executive Director of TCAA.
"Airports are an economic engine for this state, in both business and leisure travel, and are a vital segment of the travel industry in Texas," said Teel. "This partnership will allow TTIA and TCAA to affect policy that increases commerce while also increasing efficiency during peak travel times."
"TCAA is looking forward to working with and under the management of TTIA - both organizations share the common goal of promoting economic development within the state of Texas, to include tourism and air service development," said Frank Miller, TCAA Chair and Director of Aviation, San Antonio Airport System.
The 25 commercial airports in Texas, collectively, represent more than 714,700 full-time jobs with annual earnings of approximately $20 billion and $45 billion in annual economic activity. Texas airports with commercial flights serve more than 135 million passengers annually. Travel in Texas is a $70.5 billion industry employing more than a million Texans. Texas attracted 243 million domestic and 9.7 million international visitors in 2014.
During the December 8, 2015 Board Meeting, new officers for the Texas Commercial Airports Association were nominated and approved. Those new officers include: Chair - Fred Segundo, Director of Aviation, Corpus Christi International Airport; Vice Chair - Jim Smith, Director of Aviation, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport; Treasurer - Jesus Saenz, General Manager, William P. Hobby Airport; Secretary - Matthew Van Valkenburgh, Executive Director of Aviation, Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport; and Immediate Past Chair - Monica Lombraña, Director of Aviation, El Paso International Airport.
Update: The TCAA Board of Directors also includes the following Board Members:
Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Mark Duebner, Director of Aviation, Dallas Love Field Airport; Sara Freese, Director of Aviation, Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport; and Balram Bheodari, General Manager, George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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The Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) is a non-profit organization made up of businesses, organizations, associations and individuals dedicated to developing Texas tourism to its fullest potential. TTIA's mission is to improve the quality of life in Texas by strengthening travel and tourism. For more information about the Texas Travel Industry Association, visit www.ttia.org or contact the office in Austin at (512) 328-8842. The Texas Commercial Airports Association (TCAA) is a non-profit organization made up of commercial airports in Texas and was formed to assist the airports around the state in collaboration and coordination of advocacy and education efforts. TCAA's mission is to advocate and influence federal and state public policy issues of critical importance to the Texas commercial passenger airports, and to advance air service development, tourism, education and benefits for the traveling public and the communities they serve. For more information about the Texas Commercial Airports Association, visit texas-airports.com.