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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U.S. Travel Releases Forecast Report to Membership

December 17, 2018

The forecast report provides in-depth analysis and context to the previously released forecast table, to better inform our membership of travel industry performance over the past several years and to paint a clearer picture of the future of travel to and within the U.S.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about travel-related provisions in the newly passed FAA bill, developments toward the renewal of Brand USA, and the latest insights from our Travel Trends Index.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, you’ll learn about our efforts to help protect America’s national parks, get the latest travel forecast from U.S. Travel researchers, and hear about two new resources we’re delivering for our industry’s use.

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August 03, 2018

The Labor Department reported today that the economy added 157,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in July, while the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent.

June 08, 2018
Travelers in an airport lounge with airplane taking off

The U.S. Census Bureau announced this week that the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China hit an all-time high through April, topping out at more than $119 billion for the first four months of the year.

June 01, 2018

Travel employment continued to edge up by adding 4,200 jobs in May.

May 07, 2018

Travel industry employment edged up in April, adding about 5,000 jobs to reach nearly 8.7 million.

April 06, 2018

According to a U.S. Travel Association analysis of the March jobs report, the travel industry added only 3,900 jobs in March, in keeping with the nationwide slowdown. This follows the more robust travel employment growth seen in February.

March 09, 2018
Man on a train

The powerhouse U.S. travel economy has had a glaring weak link for years: domestic business travel. That’s changing thanks to the GOP tax package.