Eric Garvey has been at the helm of an impressive surge in Space Coast tourism recently, an achievement that has not escaped the administration’s notice in Washington.
Garvey, the executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, has been appointed by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to serve as chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure. His two-year term began April 19.
The NACTTI was created from the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, aka the FAST Act. The committee’s objective is to provide the secretary of transportation with information, advice and recommendations on transportation matters affecting mobility in travel and tourism.
Garvey’s committee is responsible for the development of measures that address the condition, safety and performance of transportation related to travel and tourism, as well as the formation of planning tools that will help officials in making investment decisions related to transportation projects that would improve travel and tourism.
The committee also will look at other transportation policies and programs that impact tourism and recreation, and it will have the freedom to make legislative recommendations.
As executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, Garvey’s responsibilities include leadership and strategic direction for all programs within the Brevard County Tourism Development Office. In 2017, Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognized Garvey for leading the state in key tourism growth metrics.
For more about Eric Garvey’s federal appointment, see the press release.