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 Bounces Back in September

October 04, 2019

Travel employment surged by 9,700 jobs in September. 

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By the Numbers: Department of Homeland Security Figures on REAL ID Readiness

October 01, 2019

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

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Travel Employment Recovered Last Month After July Slowdown

September 06, 2019

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

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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.

July 09, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Labor reported the economy added 224,000 nonfarm jobs in June, while the unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.7%.

June 27, 2019
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Recently released data from Canada and Mexico on travel volume to the U.S. through April 2019 was more negative than expected.

June 05, 2019
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Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) released international inbound travel statistics for 2018. Overall, international travel volume to the U.S...