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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By the Numbers: NTTO’s Monthly Estimates

March 20, 2019

This iteration of “By the Numbers” takes a look at the latest release of data from the Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) on monthly international inbound visitation to the U.S.

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Travel Can Help Narrow the Gap in Record-High Trade Deficit

March 07, 2019

People don’t always think of travel as an export. But just as China exports products like Nike shoes or Lenovo laptops to the U.S., America is exporting air travel and hotel bookings to the Chinese market. 

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New on the Itinerary: By the Numbers

February 28, 2019

The first “By the Numbers” takes a look at the latest economic impact numbers included in the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC)’s Wednesday press release.

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February 15, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover the status of federal government funding, next steps for National Parks legislation and spotlight our latest Travel Trends Index.


February 01, 2019

Travel was a major factor in the overall 304,000-job increase in nonfarm employment in January, accounting for 11 percent of the rise in U.S. employment last month.

January 07, 2019

The partial federal government shutdown could reach a cost of more than $100 million daily for the U.S. economy just through the impact on travel.

January 04, 2019

The travel industry ended 2018 on a high note, adding 21,600 jobs in December.

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.

October 12, 2018
Friday Check-In

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.