http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases en South Dakota's Hagen Wins National Tourism Award http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/south-dakotas-hagen-wins-national-tourism-award <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> South Dakota&#039;s Hagen Wins National Tourism Award </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, 2014-08-25</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year. </div> </div> </div> <p>South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year.</p> <p>The award is voted upon annually by the U.S. Travel Association's National Council of State Tourism Directors. Hagen was announced as the winner before more than 600 of his peers Monday at the ESTO annual conference of travel professionals, held this year in Louisville, Ky.</p> <p>"South Dakota understands that travel dollars are an essential contributor to the state economy," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "The competitive tourism marketplace demands that states invest in effective, efficient promotion, and this award demonstrates that Jim Hagen is running a program that has the highest respect of his peers."</p> <p>Hagen is the first South Dakotan to receive the award since Susan Edwards in 1994.</p> <p>Hagen has served as the secretary of tourism for Gov. Dennis Daugaard since 2011. Hagen has a deep love for domestic and international travel, and a passion for seeing the visitor industry in South Dakota grow to new heights.</p> <p>"We're extremely fortunate to have Jim leading our Tourism Department," said Gov. Daugaard. "With a knack for getting to know people and an enthusiasm for South Dakota that is contagious, Jim has led Tourism from one success to another. He is truly exceptional."</p> <p>Before joining the Daugaard Administration, Hagen served four and a half years as the national campaign director and public relations director for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. From 2004 to 2006, he served as secretary of tourism and state development in the administration of Governor Mike Rounds. In this role, he oversaw the Offices of Tourism, Economic Development, Arts, History and State-Tribal Relations.</p> <p>During Gov. Bill Janklow's Administration from 1995 to 2002, he served as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and special advisor to the governor. In these roles, Hagen served as the governor's day-to-day liaison with the Departments of Tourism, Transportation, Revenue and Economic Development.</p> <p>Hagen grew up in the northeast corner of South Dakota. He is a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California.</p> <p>Hagen was recently appointed to the 32-member U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. He is also an active board member of the U.S. Travel Association.</p> <p>"Jim is a tremendous ambassador for the tourism and travel industry," said U.S. Sen. John Thune. "As a tireless advocate for the state of South Dakota, Jim has engaged thousands of tourists from across the country and around the world in sharing South Dakota's world-class national parks, history, memorials, and more. I congratulate Jim on this well-deserved honor and look forward to continuing to partner with him on important travel promotion legislation, such as the extension and improvement of Brand USA."</p> <p>The STDOTY award is given to the professional whose leadership has led to the measurable improvement of his or her state's travel and tourism profile. Each year, such success is measured in relationship to the budgetary and staff resources that the director has at their disposal.</p> <p>Candidates are nominated by state/territory tourism directors, and a slate of three finalists is presented for selection by ballot.</p> <p>Note: To obtain headshots or arrange interviews with Hagan, contact Wanda Goodman at the South Dakota Department of Tourism at 605-773-3301 or <a href="mailto:wanda.goodman@travelsd.com" target="_self">wanda.goodman@travelsd.com</a>.</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"> LOUISVILLE, KY </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"><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/" target="_self">www.ustravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:45:44 +0000 kmorris@ustravel.org 67846 at http://www.ustravel.org Study: Fear of Being Replaced and Poor Communication Prevent American Workers From Taking Time Off http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/study-fear-being-replaced-and-poor-communication-prevent-american-workers-taking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Study: Fear of Being Replaced and Poor Communication Prevent American Workers From Taking Time Off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Work Martyr Complex” Emerges at Expense of Americans’ Health and Well-Being </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, 2014-08-19</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using the time off they have earned, according to the new study, “Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Time Off?” conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications (GfK) for the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Effect initiative. </div> </div> </div> <p>Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using the time off they have earned, according to the new study, <a href="http://traveleffect.com/research/overwhelmed-america" target="_blank">“Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Time Off?”</a> conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications (GfK) for the U.S. Travel Association’s <a href="http://TravelEffect.com" target="_blank">Travel Effect</a> initiative. Despite a universal acceptance of the importance of paid time off (PTO), 40% of American workers will leave vacation days on the table, sacrificing their health and well-being and adopting a “work martyr complex” to demonstrate their value.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The “Work Martyr Complex”</span></strong><br /> “Americans suffer from a work martyr complex. In part, it’s because ‘busyness’ is something we wear as a badge of honor. But it’s also because we’re emerging from a tough economy and many feel less secure in their jobs,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “Unfortunately, workers do not seem to realize that forfeiting their vacation time comes at the expense of their overall health, well-being and relationships.”</p> <p>Americans construct many of their own biggest barriers to using time off. Workers cite returning to a mountain of work (40%) and the feeling that nobody else can do their work (35%) as the top reasons they leave PTO unused. The effects of a tough economy still linger, with one-third (33%) of respondents saying they cannot afford to use their PTO, and a fifth (22%) of workers expressing concern that they do not want to be seen as replaceable.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Failure to Communicate</span></strong><br /> This “work martyr complex” is reinforced by company culture, chiefly poor communication around time off. Even though senior business leaders overwhelmingly recognize the importance of using time off (95%), two-thirds (67%) of American employees say their company says nothing, sends mixed messages about or discourages using their PTO. Further, one-third (33%) of senior business leaders state they never (19%) or rarely (14%) talk with employees about the benefits of taking time off.</p> <p>The survey suggests that management may be unintentionally sending employees mixed messages when they take their time off. Nearly half (46%) keep responding to emails, while roughly three-in-ten (29%) return calls from work during their PTO, sending the signal that it is not acceptable to be away from the job. Additionally, senior business leaders are dramatically more likely to do work while taking time off: just 37% of senior business leaders reported unplugging entirely from work, compared to 74% of employees.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">“Use it or Lose it” Motivates Time Off</span></strong><br /> “While the survey revealed a number of barriers to taking time off, it may have also uncovered the silver bullet,” said Vice President of Research at GfK Chris Moessner. “‘Use it or Lose it’ policies are tremendously effective at getting employees to use the time off they have earned.”</p> <p>According to the study, company policy may most strongly influence employees’ decisions to use time off. Five of six workers (84%) with a “Use it or Lose it” policy plan to use all their PTO in 2014, while less than half (48%) of workers who can roll over, bank or be paid out for their unused PTO plan to use all of it. But only one quarter (26%) of workers report that their employers have a “Use it or Lose it” policy.</p> <p>“Companies and employees need to recognize the value of getting away from the office. &nbsp;It’s time to start a conversation and reclaim the benefits we work so hard to earn,” concluded Dow.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Report Methodology</span></strong><br /> GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications conducted an online survey using the GfK KnowledgePanel® from June 20-30, 2014 with 1,303 American workers working at least 35 hours per week, including 235 managers, defined as those with managerial responsibilities for direct reports and involvement in the decision-making at their companies. GfK’s KnowledgePanel® is the only large-scale online panel based on a representative random sample of the U.S. population. The data were weighted and scaled to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual population of American adults working 35 hours a week or more. The margin of error for workers overall is +/-2.71% and for managers is +/-6.39%.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Travel Effect</span></strong><br /> Travel Effect is the U.S. Travel Association’s research-driven initiative to prove the personal, business, social and economic benefits that taking earned time off can deliver. For more information about survey findings, visit <a href="http://traveleffect.com" target="_blank">TravelEffect.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications</span></strong><br /> GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information that enables its clients to make smarter decisions. More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s 80 years of data science experience. This allows GfK to deliver vital global insights matched with local market intelligence from more than 100 countries. By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.&nbsp;For more information, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gfk.com/" target="_blank">GfK.com</a>&nbsp;or follow GfK on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/Gfk_en" target="_blank">twitter.com/GfK_en</a>.</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"> Cait Douglas </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"> cdouglas@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"> 202.218.3619 </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"> David Stanton </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"> david.stanton@gfk.com </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"> 908.875.9844 </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. For more information, please visit <a title="U.S. Travel" href="http://ustravel.org" target="_self">USTravel.org</a>.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> About Us Marketing Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:55:29 +0000 kriley@ustravel.org 67821 at http://www.ustravel.org CBP’s New Mobile App for Entry Process Praised for Improving Traveler Experience http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/cbp%E2%80%99s-new-mobile-app-entry-process-praised-improving-traveler-experience <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CBP’s New Mobile App for Entry Process Praised for Improving Traveler Experience </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eligible Travelers Can Process Entry into America &#039;Right in the Palms of Their Hands&#039; </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, 2014-08-12</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 praised the U.S. Customs and Border Protection&#039;s (CBP) launch of its first Mobile Passport Control app, allowing eligible travelers to submit entry process information via their own smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The U.S. Travel Association today praised the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) launch of its first <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/2014-08-11-000000/new-mobile-passport-control-app-available" target="new">Mobile Passport Control app</a>, allowing eligible travelers to submit entry process information via their own smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“Once again, CBP has taken steps to improve efficiency and reduce hassles while maintaining strict security requirements. The agency’s Mobile Passport prototype allows eligible arriving passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to submit passport information and customs declaration forms right in the palms of their hands. This new app streamlines CBP resources and creates an expedited entry experience that aligns with today's digital age,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and others at CBP earn our praise for this creative offering that will surely be a hit with travelers coming through air ports of entry across America.”</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnership with the CBP, the app is presently available to iPhone and iPad users for free. Mobile Passport is expected to expand to more airports later this year and to Android smartphone users in the future, according to CBP.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The new app follows the CBP's recent innovative introduction of an <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/us-travel-applauds-cbp-initiative-improve-travel-efficiency" target="new">automated I-94 Arrival / Departure Record</a>, which also improves the admissions process for international travelers lawfully visiting the United States and maximizes CBP officer capabilities, and <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/Automated Passport Control" target="new">Automated Passport Control</a>, which is now available in more than 20 locations.</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 align="center"><span style="font-size: 12; 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 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:59:52 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67771 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Continues to Outpace Other U.S. Exports in 2014 http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-continues-outpace-other-us-exports-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Continues to Outpace Other U.S. Exports in 2014 </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, 2014-08-06</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The latest trade figures further validate the travel industry&#039;s essential role in revitalizing the U.S. economic recovery. Travel exports grew by $0.2 billion to $19.3 billion in June—a rise of 8.3 percent over the same time last year. </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement on trade data&nbsp;<a href="http://bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/tradnewsrelease.htm">released</a> Wednesday by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis: </span></p> <blockquote><p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“The latest trade figures further validate the travel industry's essential role in revitalizing the U.S. economic recovery. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“Travel exports grew by $0.2 billion to $19.3 billion in June—a rise of 8.3 percent over the same time last year.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“For the first half of 2014, travel exports have grown 6.2 percent, more than twice as fast as other U.S. exports. Travel exports, accounting for nearly one-tenth of exports in the first half of 2014, represent 21 percent of U.S. export growth year-over-year.</span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size:12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“Travel imports fell slightly to $12.4 billion, yielding a positive travel trade balance of $6.8 billion. The overall U.S. trade balance stands at a deficit of $41.5 billion, despite a June improvement $3.1 billion caused mainly by a $2.9 billion reduction in imports. </span></p> <p align="left"><span style="font-size: 12; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">“The improvement of travel export spending affirms the importance of the U.S. as an international travel destination, which has been supported by important policies like the Travel Promotion Act and Visa Waiver Program.”</span></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> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:13:48 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67721 at http://www.ustravel.org Travel Employment Continues Record Growth http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/travel-employment-continues-record-growth-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel Employment Continues Record Growth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 63,800 jobs added thus far in 2014 </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">Fri, 2014-08-01</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-short-summary"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Travel continues its strong performance in the economy, adding 6,500 direct jobs in July and totaling 63,800 jobs for the first seven months of 2014. </div> </div> </div> <p>David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, commented on the July jobs data <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">released </a>Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor:&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>“Travel continues its strong performance in the economy, adding 6,500 direct jobs in July and totaling 63,800 jobs for the first seven months of 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The travel industry is a leading force in getting Americans back to work. Since losing close to half a million jobs during the Great Recession, travel employment has rebounded and added 757,000 jobs since the recovery began in early 2010, outpacing job creation in the rest of the economy by 42 percent.</p> <p>“Just last year, 69.8 million international visitors to the U.S. generated 1.2 million American jobs. Through leveraging the benefits of inbound international travel to the U.S and enacting policies like the <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2013/08/JOLTActFactSheet2014.pdf">JOLT Act</a> and reauthorizing <a href="http://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/page/2013/08/BrandUSAFactSheet2014.pdf">Brand USA</a>, which passed the House last week with an overwhelming majority, we could boost the number of inbound visitors and create even more quality jobs.”&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>Huether is available for further analysis and comment.&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> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:02:53 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67686 at http://www.ustravel.org U.S. Travel Applauds Levin Comments on Government Travel Bill http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases/us-travel-applauds-levin-comments-government-travel-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-full-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Travel Applauds Levin Comments on Government Travel Bill </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, 2014-07-31</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 issued the following statement regarding news the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s approval of S. 1347, the “Conference Accountability Act of 2014’’. </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement regarding news the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s approval of S. 1347, the “Conference Accountability Act of 2014’’.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote><p>“We thank Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) for raising significant concerns about the potential impacts of S. 1347, and support his request that additional changes be made before the bill moves forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“The ability of federal workers to travel and participate in conferences and meetings is essential to conducting the business of the United States government. These face-to-face meetings help to facilitate effective information sharing, employee training and development, taxpayer services, and collaboration between agencies and private-sector partners in a way that cannot be accomplished by other means. Putting unrealistic limits on government participation in meetings and conferences can actually cost taxpayers more in the end, so this issue should not be taken lightly.”</p> </blockquote> <p>&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> Government Relations Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:13:32 +0000 jmorris@ustravel.org 67676 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 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