David Gilbert named to U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board


The CEO and President of Destination Cleveland was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s note: the video in the player above is from a story published on August 11, 2020.

President and CEO of Destination Cleveland, David Gilbert, was recently appointed to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, according to a press release from Destination Cleveland. 

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Gilbert, who also currently sits as the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. 

“It is an honor to join this notable group of industry representatives as an advisor,” said Gilbert. “While 2020 has been devastating to the travel and tourism industry, this appointment speaks to the steady and continuous growth of Cleveland’s travel and tourism industry over the past 10 years and underscores the value of the industry to the Greater Cleveland area. I look forward to discussions with fellow board members who represent a cross-section of the industry. This is a great opportunity to share our learnings and to gain insight from others to help us return to steady, strong growth in the years ahead.”

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The advisory board consists of 32 members from across the United States. The board members will advise Secretary Ross on things impacting the U.S. tourism industry, and issues the industry is facing. 

Members of the advisory board typically serve a two-year term with the committee. 

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