The Board of Directors of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) has named Daniel J. Decker as the Association’s new President & CEO and Executive Director of the Texas Commercial Airports Association. In his new roles, Dan will focus on advocacy, elevating education and networking events, growth strategy management, and value-added member opportunities that increase these already benchmark organizations.
Dan has been a part of the US Travel Industry for the past 36 years. He has served as TTIA’s Chief Operating Officer for the past two years. In 2016 he retired from a successful 26-year career at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Dan served as President for SeaWorld® and Aquatica™ Waterpark and Discovery Point in San Antonio. He was responsible for the daily operation of the world’s largest marine life park, as well as strategic planning and marketing for the park’s long-term growth.
Dan was TTIA’s Board Chair in 2010 and spent 12 years serving as a TTIA Board and Executive Committee member. He has served in board leadership roles including Chair of San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau and as Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force for the San Antonio CVB Restructuring, as well as Vice Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Chair of San Antonio Area Tourism Council. He has also participated on The San Antonio International Airport Board and continues as an Honorary Commander at Lackland Air Force Base. He was the 2017 recipient of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council’s inaugural "Milton Guess Hospitality Award" and the 2012 recipient of TTIA’s "Tall in Texas" award.
Dan is married to Denise Decker and is the proud father of two sons and a daughter.
Dan says, "I am humbled and honored to serve our businesses and employees in Travel & Tourism throughout Texas. I look forward to uniting our industry by strengthening Travel in Texas through advocacy, education and promotion of policies that benefit them, their families and the quality of life for all Texans, because Life is Better in a State of Travel."
Travel and Tourism supports 1 in 10 Texans. That equates to over 1.2 million employees in more than 60,000 businesses making travel and tourism among the largest export industries in the state, second only to oil & gas. In 2017, travel spending generated $4.2 billion in State tax revenues and $3.8 billion in Local tax revenues.