David Huether is the senior vice president for research at the U.S. Travel Association, where he manages the association’s economic, marketing and advocacy research programs.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in January 2011, Huether held the position of Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this role, he served as the organization’s economic forecaster, as well as a principal spokesman on economic matters important to America’s industrial base. Before coming to the NAM in 1997, Huether worked as an economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

He received his bachelor’s degree from Guilford College in 1990, and his graduate degree in economics from the George Washington University in 1997.

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Travel Employment Increases for Fourth Consecutive Month in November

December 06, 2019

Travel employment continued its expansion by adding 15,800 jobs in November. 

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Travel Job Growth Accelerates in October

November 01, 2019

U.S. Travel economists estimated that travel jobs increased by 25,300 in October. 

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By the Numbers: Commerce Dept.’s New Forecast for International Visitation to the U.S.

October 24, 2019

NTTO’s new estimate for inbound travel this year is more pessimistic than U.S. Travel’s July forecast.

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October 04, 2019
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Travel employment surged by 9,700 jobs in September.

October 01, 2019
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According to DHS, only 27% of Americans have been issued a REAL ID.

September 06, 2019
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After tumbling in July , travel employment recovered solidly in August by adding 3,000 jobs.

August 09, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update on our latest Travel Forecast, spotlight what’s to come at ESTO, and preview our new Travel Works roadshow.


August 02, 2019
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After registering solid gains in June with 12,200 jobs, travel employment declined slightly by 2,500 in July.

July 24, 2019
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On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its 2018 international travel statistics.