- Alternative methods of forecasting tourism demand.
- Economic modeling
- Travel Economic Impact Model
- American travel behavior over 20 years.
Douglas C. Frechtling, Ph.D., has extensive experience in economic modeling, survey design, tourism marketing research, forecasting, and economic policy development.
Dr. Frechtling designed and implemented the first computerized national travel expenditure, estimation model. He developed the Travel Economic Impact Model, which still produces annual national, state and county estimates of travel spending, and the employment, payroll income, and tax revenue they generate. He developed a model for projecting the economic contributions of highway investment projects for the Transportation Research Board of the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Frechtling directed the development of the Data Center’s monthly National Travel Survey, which provided unique and detailed data on American travel behavior over 20 years. He also founded the Travel
Outlook Forum, which, as presented by the Travel Industry Association of America, continues to be the industry’s annual forecasting conference.
Dr. Frechtling served as a special consultant to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the United Nations agency serving as the global forum for tourism policy and issues, on tourism data collection and forecasting.