Thomas Tait has worked in 64 cities in 45 countries during the past twelve years. While the majority of his efforts were focused upon tourism and air service development for Nevada and its cities, he has, during the last eight years of his tenure as Chief Executive of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, become involved with another aspect of foreign service.  
 
  Recruited as an Executive Volunteer by a contractual arm of the United States Agency for International Development, US Department of State, Mr. Tait was given an early assignment to provide a 'Tourism Survey' of Bulgaria, including a review of its cultural, scenic and historic attractions, accommodations, shopping, dining, recreation, country infrastructure and its marketability to western sources. His inaugural assignment was successful to the complete satisfaction of the local hosts. As a result, Mr. Tait was invited back four times over the next two years to assist in more specific tourism development projects in conjunction with Bulgaria's emerging private sector.  
 
  Since then, service on behalf of the State Department and their contractors has placed Mr. Tait in Odessa, Ukraine (twice); Montenegro, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia; Pushkin and Tver, Russian Federation; Zakopane, Poland, and he has recently been invited by Prime Minister Bakiev to survey the Republic of Krgkyzstan.  
 
  Each of the placements has proven fruitful and profitable for the local communities and countries involved. Mr. Tait's motivation throughout these assignments has remained consistent: Provide superior technical assistance in a timely and practical manner to help invigorate the tourism segment of former Marxist nations of the USSR and their allies and aid in their adjustment to free-market economies.  
     
  As part of his regular duties with the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Mr. Tait opened and managed foreign offices in Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan and South Korea. He was a founder of the Visit USA Committee on Taiwan, a key participant in the passage of legislation to make the United States Visa Waiver Program permanent, and provided substantial aid in the repeal of Section 110 of the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Lastly, in late 2000, he was the executive producer and manager of the Western Summit on Global Tourism co-sponsored by the Western Governors' Association and the Western States Tourism Policy Council. He currently serves as the volunteer executive producer of Northern Nevada's Fiesta de Mexico, a six-month cultural celebration to be launched in January 2003.  
 
  Mr. Tait was named a Distinguished Nevadan in 1984 by Governor Richard Bryan; presented the Gary Collie Award for Outstanding Service to Victims of Crime by America's Most Wanted host John Walsh in 1985; named a Distinguished Nevadan by Governor Bob Miller in 1998; and is to be presented the Global Citizen Award by Dr. Sherri Mueller, executive director of the National Council for International Visitors in 2001.