http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases en Brand USA Reauthorization Clears Senate Committee http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/brand-usa-reauthorization-clears-senate-committee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brand USA Reauthorization Clears Senate Committee </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Leaders Welcome Vote, Call on Senate Leaders to Bring Legislation to Floor Immediately </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2014-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America’s travel community on Wednesday applauded Senate Commerce Committee approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, S. 2250, which would reauthorize Brand USA—the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States. </div> </div> </div> <p>America’s travel community on Wednesday applauded Senate Commerce Committee approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, S. 2250, which would reauthorize Brand USA—the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States.</p> <p>The measure passed the committee by unanimous voice vote.</p> <p>The House of Representatives approved a companion bill, H.R. 4450, Tuesday by a vote of 347-57.</p> <p>"U.S. travel leaders thank Chairman Jay Rockefeller, Ranking Member John Thune and members of the Senate Commerce Committee for their vote of confidence today in Brand USA," said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow. "The Senate committee vote follows the House's resounding approval of this important travel program, and we are extremely pleased that Congress is moving forward on extending the proven benefits of Brand USA for another five years."</p> <p>Enacted in 2010 through the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act, Brand USA is an integrated marketing and communications program that promotes international travel to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The program is financed entirely by foreign visitors and the travel industry. Brand USA does not cost federal taxpayers one dime.</p> <p>A report released earlier this month, <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/BUSA_Report_FINAL.pdf" target="new">Brand USA: Working for All of Us</a>, details how Brand USA is delivering for destinations nationwide. In 2013, Brand USA:</p> <ul> <li>Attracted more than 1.1 million additional visitors to the United States; </li> <li>Resulted in $3.4 billion in additional visitor spending; </li> <li>Supported 53,000 new U.S. jobs;</li> <li>Generated nearly $1 billion in federal, local and state tax revenue; and,</li> <li>Yielded a 47:1 return on investment (ROI) on marketing programs—a far higher ROI than travel promotion programs operated by competitor nations such as the United Kingdom and Canada.</li> </ul> <p>Said Dow: "Brand USA provides enormous economic opportunities and job growth for large and small communities across the country. We urge Senate leadership to bring this bill to the floor immediately, so Brand USA can be reauthorized and its economic promise and benefits can continue.</p> <p>"We extend our specific thanks to Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt for their tireless championing of this measure, Chairman Brian Schatz and Ranking Member Tim Scott of the Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation Subcommittee for their stewardship of the bill.</p> <p>"We also extend thanks to other members of the committee who have cosponsored the legislation-Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Mark Begich of Alaska, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Bill Nelson of Florida and Roger Wicker of Mississippi-for their instrumental work in advancing the legislation thus far."</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WASHINGTON </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit www.ustravel.org.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:18 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67636 at http://www.ustravel.org New Orleans to Host IPW 2016 http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/new-orleans-host-ipw-2016 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Orleans to Host IPW 2016 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2014-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The U.S. Travel Association announced Wednesday that New Orleans will be the venue for IPW 2016—the first time the blockbuster travel industry event has returned to the Crescent City since 2002. New Orleans also previously hosted the annual five-day event, formerly known as International Pow Wow, in 1993 and 1979. </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Travel Association announced Wednesday that New Orleans will be the venue for IPW 2016—the first time the blockbuster travel industry event has returned to the Crescent City since 2002. New Orleans also previously hosted the annual five-day event, formerly known as International Pow Wow, in 1993 and 1979.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>IPW is the largest travel trade show in North America—a one-stop opportunity for U.S. destinations, attractions and businesses to showcase themselves to thousands of influential travel professionals from international markets. The business transacted at IPW has been calculated by the independent firm Rockport Analytics to bring nearly one million extra international visitors and $1.7 billion in international tourism spending to recent host cities, and 8.8 million additional international visitors and $28 billion in international tourism spending to the U.S. economy overall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"One of the major objectives of IPW is to spotlight the economic benefits of travel and tourism, and few cities anywhere in the world understand that equation as well as New Orleans," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "New Orleans epitomizes the idea of rolling out the welcome mat for your guests. We're thrilled that IPW's exhibitors and attendees will be able to experience this utterly unique American destination for the first time in over a decade."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Greater Miami and The Beaches had been previously announced as the host city for IPW 2016, but arrangements for the event were postponed when the City of Miami Beach Commission voted through a $500 million renovation and expansion of the city's convention center, set to begin in 2015 and last an estimated three years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>”We look forward to welcoming IPW back to Greater Miami and showcasing a new state-of-the-art Miami Beach Convention Center and the many assets and attractions of our ever-evolving destination,” said Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dow praised the handling of the transition by both Miami and New Orleans, and called it a virtual certainty that IPW will return to Greater Miami and The Beaches once upgrades to its convention facilities are complete.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We have to change venues for IPW 2016 for the best, most welcome reason we can possibly think of: Miami has wisely decided to make a huge investment in its convention space," Dow said. "The fiscal benefits of that decision will return to the city many times over, and in the meantime, we will have another top-shelf new facility to consider for a future IPW."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We are thrilled to showcase New Orleans to the entire world marketplace for international travel by hosting IPW in June 2016," said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. "New Orleans is a magical place built on deeply rooted culture, innovative and authentic food, inspiring music and fabled architecture. We travel the world to meet with our travel industry partners to encourage them to bring business to New Orleans, but having them come and experience all that we have to offer first hand is an opportunity that is a catalytic game changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The timing could not be better. Hosting this critical international selling and marketing show is a perfect fit with our plans for the world promotion of New Orleans' 300th Tricentennial birthday in 2018. This will result in hundreds of millions of new dollars of international capital flowing into New Orleans and Louisiana," Perry said.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WASHINGTON </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Visit <a href="http://ustravel.org/">www.ustravel.org.</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:04:10 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67641 at http://www.ustravel.org Industry Advocates Gilliland and Ralenkotter to Be Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/industry-advocates-gilliland-and-ralenkotter-be-inducted-us-travel-hall-leaders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Industry Advocates Gilliland and Ralenkotter to Be Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2014-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel industry advocates Sam Gilliland of Sabre Corporation and Rossi Ralenkotter of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have been selected as the 2014 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Gilliland and Ralenkotter will be honored during a dinner among more than 100 travel industry leaders during the U.S. Travel winter board meeting on November 19 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Travel industry advocates Sam Gilliland of Sabre Corporation and Rossi Ralenkotter of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have been selected as the 2014 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Gilliland and Ralenkotter will be honored during a dinner among more than 100 travel industry leaders during the U.S. Travel winter board meeting on November 19 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Distinguished individuals are named to the Hall of Leaders maintained by the U.S. Travel Association for "sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry, stimulated greater achievement, and raised industry-wide standards."</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Sam and Rossi have consistently stepped up beyond their leadership for their organizations to engage at the national, state and local levels on behalf of the industry's interests," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "They have volunteered their time to regularly engage with policymakers and other industry leaders to ensure travel is recognized as vital to our economy and well-being. This is well-deserved recognition, and I look forward to joining the rest of the travel community in honoring them."</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Gilliland, chairman emeritus for Sabre Corp., not only has led one of the world's largest and most innovative travel technology companies, but has made industry advocacy a major part of his professional life. He has been committed to improving the visa and entry process, building support for Brand USA, promoting risk-based security and fighting human trafficking.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In 2014, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named Gilliland chairman of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board after he served as vice chairman the previous term. TTAB works with government partners to advance priority issues critical to increasing travel and tourism to the U.S. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Gilliland also advocated for the industry's interests in his role as a member of U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable, comprised of select corporate travel leaders. He has also served at the local level on the board of directors for the Dallas Convention &amp; Visitors Bureau, and was appointed to serve on President Obama's Management Advisory Board.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the LVCVA, last year celebrated his fortieth year at the organization, which has helped Las Vegas to be recognized as among the top iconic destinations in the world. Ralenkotter oversaw creation of the "What Happens Here, Stays Here" campaign, recognized in many quarters as the most famous and effective destination marketing effort of all time.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Ralenkotter was a member of the original White House Conference on Tourism in 1995, also served as chairman of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and is a former chairman of the U.S. Travel Association. He was instrumental in securing passage of the Travel Promotion Act, which established what is now known as Brand USA, and preserving the SIAT in-flight tourism survey. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> His efforts with U.S. Travel also helped usher in improvements to the visa approval process around the world, expansion of the Visa Waiver Program, and helping policymakers understand the critical value of meetings and conventions. Ralenkotter was the driving force behind U.S. Travel's inaugural Connecting American Through Travel (CATT) conference, a highly publicized gathering of transportation leaders that called attention to the crisis facing travel infrastructure.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> Ralenkotter has been named one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry by Meeting News and was named Co-Brand Marketer of the Year by Brandweek magazine. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Marketing Association, the Travel and Tourism Research Association and Travel Weekly, and was recently inducted into the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Hall of Fame.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size:12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> With these inductions, 90 travel industry professionals have been inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders since it was created in 1969. The 2013 inductees were longtime Disney travel executive Randy Garfield and CityPASS co-founder Mike Gallagher.</span></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WASHINGTON </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Visit <a href="http://www.ustravel.org">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:12:32 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67666 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Leaders Voice Support for Boxer-Carper-Corker Amendment to HTF Fix http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-leaders-voice-support-boxer-carper-corker-amendment-htf-fix <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Leaders Voice Support for Boxer-Carper-Corker Amendment to HTF Fix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Would Force Earlier Consideration of Long-Term Funding Solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2014-07-23</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The travel community supports the amendment offered by Sens. Boxer, Carper and Corker. Of course highway funds should never be allowed to run out, especially in the middle of the summer travel and construction peak, and we’re relieved that Congress is poised to institute a short-term fix. </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Boxer-Carper-Corker amendment to the High Trust Fund rescue bill, which would limit the short-term fix to the end of 2014:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“The travel community supports the amendment offered by Sens. Boxer, Carper and Corker. Of course highway funds should never be allowed to run out, especially in the middle of the summer travel and construction peak, and we’re relieved that Congress is poised to institute a short-term fix.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“But by limiting that fix to the current year rather than letting it extend to the middle of 2015, the Boxer-Carper-Corker amendment would have the effect of forcing Washington move more quickly to a desperately needed long-term fix. We strongly feel that any approach that gets us sooner to a long-term fix is the right one, because our transportation infrastructure is far too vital to the economy to continue on our current path. Economies hate uncertainty, and unfortunately it has been in abundant supply when it comes to maintaining our highways, bridges and transit systems.”</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.ustravel.org/"><em>Visit www.ustravel.org.</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:57:02 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67621 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Community Trumpets House Vote to Renew Brand USA http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-community-trumpets-house-vote-renew-brand-usa-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Community Trumpets House Vote to Renew Brand USA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Travel&#039;s Signature Legislative Effort One Step Closer to Fruition This Year </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2014-07-22</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The travel community heartily congratulates House leaders of both parties for embracing a policy that pays clear dividends for the U.S. economy: extending Brand USA and the outstanding work it does to attract international travelers and their dollars to American shores. </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, which re-authorizes Brand USA:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“The travel community heartily congratulates House leaders of both parties for embracing a policy that pays clear dividends for the U.S. economy: extending Brand USA and the outstanding work it does to attract international travelers and their dollars to American shores.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“The job-creating effects of travel activity, and the back-end return on travel promotion efforts, are both absolutely beyond questioning. It’s hard to believe that in the hyper-competitive global travel market, the U.S. was without any agency performing these functions at a national level before Brand USA came into being three years ago. It’s why we were losing market share to destinations in Asia and Europe, where tourism promotion is usually a cabinet-level public ministry.&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“By moving to keep Brand USA in business, the House has paved the way for us to build on our record 70 million inbound international visitors last year. Overseas visitors to the U.S. &nbsp;spend nearly $4,500 on average per trip—dollars that support jobs that cannot be exported.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">“Our special thanks go out to Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Peter Welch for championing this effort from beginning to end, as well as Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry Waxman, and Chairman Lee Terry and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee for orchestrating unanimous votes at the markup stages.”</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.ustravel.org/"><em>Visit www.ustravel.org.</em></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:11:02 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67616 at http://www.ustravel.org CBO: Travel Promotion Bill Will Cut Federal Deficit by $231 Million http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/cbo-travel-promotion-bill-will-cut-federal-deficit-231-million <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CBO: Travel Promotion Bill Will Cut Federal Deficit by $231 Million </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brand USA Reauthorization Scheduled for Tuesday House Vote </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2014-07-21</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office showing that H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, will, if enacted, reduce the U.S. federal deficit by $231 million over 10 years. </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/7.21.2014_CBO_Letter_hr4450.pdf" target="new">analysis</a> from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office showing that H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, will, if enacted, reduce the U.S. federal deficit by $231 million over 10 years.</p> <p align="left">H.R. 4450 reauthorizes Brand USA, the non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday.</p> <p align="left">“Brand USA works for America by attracting millions of new visitors and the dollars they bring to destinations across the country,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “What’s remarkable is Brand USA does not cost federal taxpayers a dime, and it actually reduces the deficit – all while delivering jobs and economic opportunity to America’s communities.”&nbsp;</p> <p align="left">A report released earlier this month, <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/BUSA_Report_FINAL.pdf" target="new">Brand USA: Working for All of Us</a>, details the positive economic benefits of Brand USA for destinations nationwide. For example, in 2013, Brand USA:</p> <ul> <li>Attracted more than 1.1 million additional visitors to the United States; </li> <li>Resulted in $3.4 billion in additional visitor spending; </li> <li>Supported 53,000 new U.S. jobs;</li> <li>Generated nearly $1 billion in federal, local and state tax revenue; and,</li> <li>Yielded a 47:1 return on investment (ROI) on marketing programs—a far higher ROI than travel promotion programs operated by competitor nations such as the United Kingdom and Canada.</li> </ul> <p align="left">As described in the <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/BUSA_Report_FINAL.pdf" target="new">report</a>, Brand USA is:</p> <ul> <li>An integrated marketing and communications program that promotes international travel to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories;</li> <li>A public-private partnership enacted in 2010 through the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act; and, </li> <li>Financed entirely by foreign visitors and the travel industry, without a single dollar of U.S. taxpayer funds, protecting the U.S. taxpayer from any exposure or risk. </li> </ul> <p align="left">Said Dow: “How often does Congress get the opportunity to vote for bipartisan legislation that creates jobs and economic growth while also reducing the deficit?”&nbsp;</p> <p align="left"><a href="http://www.ustravel.org/government-affairs/international-policy-issues/travel-promotion" target="new">Click here</a> to learn more about Brand USA.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WASHINGTON </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. <br /> Visit <a href="http://www.ustravel.org">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></span></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:19:58 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67601 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Leaders: Senate TRIA Vote Protects U.S. Business, Workers http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-leaders-senate-tria-vote-protects-us-business-workers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Leaders: Senate TRIA Vote Protects U.S. Business, Workers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Applaud Action to Extend Crucial Program; Call on House to Act </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2014-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow today praised the U.S. Senate&#039;s approval of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2244, which renews the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for seven years: </div> </div> </div> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;" align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow today praised the U.S. Senate's approval of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014, S. 2244, which renews the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for seven years:</span></p> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;" align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <blockquote style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;"><p align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"America's travel community thanks the Senate for its vote today to reauthorize TRIA. We are particularly grateful to Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Crapo for leading the reauthorization process.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"Since 9/11, TRIA has provided critical stability to the economy, protecting American businesses and workers from the potentially devastating economic risk of another major terrorist act. As an industry, we have already experienced economic disruption just from uncertainty over TRIA's extension. This is not a program that can be kicked down the road.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">"We applaud the Senate for moving quickly and in bipartisan fashion. We urge leaders in the House to rectify any lingering concerns and advance the legislation as quickly as possible. We cannot emphasize enough how disastrous it would be for huge segments of the business community if TRIA is allowed to lapse."</span></p> </blockquote> <p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; background-color: #ffffff;" align="left">&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; text-align: -webkit-center; background-color: #ffffff;">The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;<br />Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustravel.org/?utm_source=MagnetMail&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=INSERT_EMAIL&amp;utm_content=7%2E17%2E14%20%2D%20Press%20%2DTRIA&amp;utm_campaign=INSERT%5FMESSAGE%5FSUBJECT">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:20:46 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67586 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Community Hails Obama Transportation Funding Plan http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-community-hails-obama-transportation-funding-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Community Hails Obama Transportation Funding Plan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2014-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The president has repeatedly demonstrated that our infrastructure challenges have his full attention, and today we see again that his administration is devoting careful thought to how we tackle these problems. </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Build America Investment Initiative announced Thursday by President Obama:</p> <blockquote><p>"The president has repeatedly demonstrated that our infrastructure challenges have his full attention, and today we see again that his administration is devoting careful thought to how we tackle these problems.</p> <p>"The sizable funding obstacles make transportation infrastructure an incredibly thorny political issue, and that means the solutions need to be innovative and forward-thinking. The Build America Investment Initiative is that in spades. Mobilizing the private sector to engage the infrastructure dilemma, as part of a balanced and comprehensive fiscal strategy, is exactly what the doctor ordered. The travel community fully supports the president's plan, we thank him for his initiative, and we're eager to work with him as this issue moves ahead.</p> <p>"It used to be that we treated travel issues and transportation issues as separate and distinct, and travel businesses were content to leave surface funding questions to organizations like the truckers and road builders. We realized in recent years that we simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines without the force of America’s travel community active in the debate. We have seen an abundance of alarming evidence that Americans are consciously choosing to move around less because of hassles related to infrastructure decay, and that is just unacceptable for the U.S. economy. Thankfully, this president has been a reliable ally in these challenges."</p> </blockquote> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><em><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;">The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. </span></em><em><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /> <em>Visit <a href="http://www.mmsend36.com/link.cfm?r=1515138026&amp;sid=46050887&amp;m=5393184&amp;u=UST_PRESS&amp;j=20259899&amp;s=http://www.ustravel.org?utm_source=MagnetMail&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=jmorris@ustravel.org&amp;utm_content=7%2E17%2E14%20%2D%20Press%20%2D%20Obama%20Delaware%20Infrastructure&amp;utm_campaign=Travel%20Community%20Hails%20Obama%20Transportation%20Funding%20Plan">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></span></em></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:51:20 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67576 at http://www.ustravel.org Rep. Terry Leads on Economic and Jobs Growth for Nebraska http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/rep-terry-leads-economic-and-jobs-growth-nebraska <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rep. Terry Leads on Economic and Jobs Growth for Nebraska </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Backs Bill to Attract More International Visitors—and Their Spending—to Greater Omaha Region </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2014-07-17</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) this week led the way on unanimous congressional committee approval of legislation that would bring more international visitors—and the dollars they spend—to Nebraska and the Greater Omaha region. </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) this week led the way on unanimous congressional committee approval of legislation that would bring more international visitors—and the dollars they spend—to Nebraska and the Greater Omaha region.</p> <p>H.R. 4450 would reauthorize Brand USA, a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to Nebraska and the entire United States. The legislation is sponsored by more than a third of the U.S. House, almost equally Republican and Democrat in number, while its Senate companion bill is sponsored by more than a quarter of that chamber.</p> <p>“By providing critical leadership for Brand USA in the House of Representatives, Congressman Terry stands up for the thousands of individuals and small businesses in Nebraska that depend on travel,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Brand USA helps promote Omaha and the entire state of Nebraska in major international travel markets to encourage more visitors to experience for themselves the heartland of America.”</p> <p>Brand USA would strengthen Nebraska’s travel sector—a key component of the Cornhusker State’s economy. In 2012, travel:</p> <ul> <li>Contributed nearly $4.5 billion to Nebraska’s GDP, making it the state’s third-largest industry behind agriculture and manufacturing;</li> <li>Supported more than 44,000 Nebraska jobs; and</li> <li>Generated more than $600 million in tax receipts.</li> </ul> <p>Brand USA delivers $47 in economic benefits for every dollar spent on marketing programs. Nationwide in 2013, Brand USA generated an estimated $3.4 billion in new visitor spending and supported 53,000 American jobs. Best of all, Brand USA does not cost U.S. taxpayers a single penny. The program is funded by a modest fee on foreign travelers together with matching contributions from the private sector. Brand USA is the fiscally conservative way to drive increased jobs and growth in Nebraska.</p> <p>Terry chairs the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Chairman Terry’s subcommittee approved the bill to reauthorize Brand USA last week on a 22-0 vote, paving the way for <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-community-praises-committee-vote-brand-usa-renewal" target="new">unanimous approval</a> this week by the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.</p> <p>“We salute Congressman Terry for his leadership and will work with him to secure congressional reauthorization of Brand USA this year to further promote travel to Nebraska,” concluded Dow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ustravel.org/government-affairs/international-policy-issues/travel-promotion" target="new">Click here</a> to learn more about Brand USA.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; text-align: -webkit-center; background-color: #ffffff;">The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;<br />Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustravel.org/?utm_source=MagnetMail&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=INSERT_EMAIL&amp;utm_content=7%2E17%2E14%20%2D%20Press%20%2D%20Rep%2E%20Terry%20BUSA&amp;utm_campaign=INSERT%5FMESSAGE%5FSUBJECT">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:57:12 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67581 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Community Praises Committee Vote on Brand USA Renewal http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-community-praises-committee-vote-brand-usa-renewal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Community Praises Committee Vote on Brand USA Renewal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Urges Leadership to Bring Vital Legislation to the Floor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-pr-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2014-07-15</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The U.S. Travel Association today celebrated the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s unanimous approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, H.R. 4450, which reauthorizes Brand USA, the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States. </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Travel Association today celebrated the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s unanimous approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014, H.R. 4450, which reauthorizes Brand USA, the public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States.</p> <p>“America’s travel community is grateful to Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Peter Welch for championing this vital economic measure in the House,” said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow. “We are also grateful to Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Henry Waxman and all members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for their strong endorsement of Brand USA—and of course to Chairman Lee Terry and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky for shepherding the measure to unanimous passage in the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee. The bill adds valuable accountability to how Brand USA fulfills its critical mission to generate economic growth.</p> <p>“With Brand USA’s results-focused track record and its unique funding instrument that keeps it completely off the taxpayers’ books, its reauthorization is one legislative achievement that both parties can embrace and take credit for this session," said Dow. "We hope and expect that leaders in both chambers will move it to floor action, and deliver this boon to the economy before they decamp for elections.”</p> <p>Since it was introduced in April, H.R. 4450 has attracted broad, bipartisan support in the House (68 Republicans, 73 Democrats)—as has its Senate companion, S. 2250 (16 Republicans,15 Democrats).</p> <p>A report released last week,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/BUSA_Report_FINAL.pdf" target="new">Brand USA: Working for All of Us</a>, details the positive economic benefits of Brand USA for destinations nationwide. In 2013, Brand USA:</p> <ul> <li>Attracted more than 1.1 million additional visitors to the United States;</li> <li>Resulted in $3.4 billion in additional visitor spending;</li> <li>Supported 53,000 new U.S. jobs;</li> <li>Generated nearly $1 billion in federal, local and state tax revenue; and,</li> <li>Yielded a 47:1 return on investment (ROI) on marketing programs—a far higher ROI than travel promotion programs operated by competitor nations such as the United Kingdom and Canada.</li> </ul> <p>As described in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2009/09/BUSA_Report_FINAL.pdf" target="new">report</a>, Brand USA is:</p> <ul> <li>An integrated marketing and communications program that promotes international travel to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories;</li> <li>A public-private partnership enacted in 2010 through the bipartisan Travel Promotion Act; and,</li> <li><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Financed entirely by foreign visitors and the travel industry, without a single dollar of U.S. taxpayer funds, protecting the U.S. taxpayer from any exposure or risk.</span></li> </ul> <p>“Brand USA creates jobs and economic opportunity in communities in every state,” said Dow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ustravel.org/government-affairs/international-policy-issues/travel-promotion" target="new">Click here</a>&nbsp;to learn more about Brand USA.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-1"><legend>Contact 1</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 1 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cathy Keefe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ckeefe@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-1-phone"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 1 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.408.2183 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-contact-2"><legend>Contact 2</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-name"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jamie Morris </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-email"> <div class="field-label"> Contact 2 Email:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> jmorris@ustravel.org </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact-2-phone"> <div class="field-label">Contact 2 Phone:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 202.218.3621 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-city"> <div class="field-label">City:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Washington, D.C. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-boilerplate"> <div class="field-label">Boilerplate:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.&nbsp;<br />Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ustravel.org">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Government Relations Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:09:15 +0000 vnalbandian@ustravel.org 67571 at http://www.ustravel.org