“If the Joint Chiefs of Staff had Harvey Davidson to plan D-Day for them, World War II would have been over much sooner.”

— Peter A. Derow, Newsweek Chairman and President

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About the Ad Hoc Committee


Master of Science in Tourism and Travel Management, New School University

Bachelor of Science in Education, Brooklyn College

Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, Center for Professional Development, Certificate Program in Food Service

Harvey Paul Davidson is a hospitality, tourism and travel industry professional. He is Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, an independent organization and he is a consultant to destinations, hotels, conference centers, convention and visitor bureaus, transportation companies, attractions and restaurants, as well as other industry related organizations. His proven skills include meeting and event management, auditing sales staff performance and guest services, destination and management marketing and tourism sales and marketing. Also, he is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and provides personal escort services for groups.

Mr. Davidson’s teaching experience includes being an adjunct at New York University and local community colleges offering courses in hospitality and tourism, and a guest lecturer at Cornell and The George Washington University. He is a member and past officer of numerous industry associations that include: Meeting Professionals International, where he is a past vice president and director; one of the founders of the Greater New York Chapter of MPI, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International; the New York Pacific Asia Travel Association chapter (past president and current board member) and the Guides Association of New York City (where he is on the board of Directors and Chair of the Industry Relations Committee). He is also serves as the Vice President of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations -- USA and Area Representative -- USA for the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. Davidson often appears as a speaker and panelist at industry events and he is the author of many published articles. His invention, the “Meeting Planner Template” has sold over 10,000 units.

Also, he was in the first group to become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). In addition, he is a Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME). While some CHMEs have later achieved the CMP recognition, Davidson is thought to be one of the first CMPs to earn a CHME designation. This combination is a value added asset in understanding the needs of meeting planners and suppliers of services that is beneficial for his clients.

He has served on many industry advisory groups that include, but are not limited to, the Marriott Corporate Forum, the Walt Disney World Council of Advisors, and the East Asia Travel Association.

Contact Harvey for all your hospitality, tourism and travel needs.

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