June 12, 2013
To make the most of the election year in 2012, Roger Dow, 66, helmed several innovative projects for the U.S. Travel Association. The association launched its "Vote Travel" campaign in the spring, which helped push media, consumers, and elected officials to acknowledge meetings and travel as real business vital to the economy. The group covered a bus in pro-travel messaging—that the industry is responsible for 14.4 million jobs, for example—and covered 20,000 miles, 38 states, and 60 destinations, resulting in widespread local and national media coverage. The campaign hit both political conventions, and Marriott even put the message on its hotel key cards in Tampa, Florida.
International Business Times
May 23, 2013
Those who work in the U.S. travel industry hailed the immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a bipartisan 13-to-5 vote Tuesday night, as a decisive step toward improving travel into and out of the country. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said the bill included important travel-related measures that would help increase international travel to the U.S. and boost the economy.
The New York Times
May 22, 2013
The Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be the first airport in the United States to implement Automated Passport Control, a new technology designed to expedite customs clearance, the Chicago Department of Aviation announced recently. The program is expected to help travelers with American passports move more quickly through the United States border clearance process by allowing them to enter passport and other information at self-service kiosks instead of using paper declaration cards.
May 14, 2013
One of the reasons that the travel experts are so optimistic about a boom in travel this year is because of the Travel Effect. In survey after survey going back decades, when consumers are asked to prioritize what is important to them, vacation travel is at the top. The first spare dollar goes toward a vacation.
May 7, 2013
Businesses that continued to send employees on the road during the recession were more profitable than those that cut back on business travel, a new study out today has found. The study, conducted by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, attempted to show how travel can affect a company's bottom line just as businesses are starting to once again spend money on trips to meetings and conferences.
May 4, 2013
For some positive antidotes to that depressing and inaccurate, yet still pervasive, stat about American travelers – that a mere 20 percent of U.S. residents hold passports – consider these figures from the U.S. Travel Association.
May 3, 2013
It’s nice to have friends in high places and the hotel industry and Brand USA likely will get just that as President Obama nominated Penny Pritzker to be the next Commerce Department secretary. A billionaire and fellow Chicagoan who was co-chair of President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, Pritzker is the daughter of Sue and Donald Pritzker, who co-founded Hyatt Hotels. The Pritzker family still owns the Hyatt chain, and Penny Pritzker is a board member, a position she likely would have to resign.
CQ Roll Call
April 11, 2013
A coalition of U.S. airlines, their employee unions and business groups is opposing a proposal that would allow companies to foot the bill for U.S. customs agents to clear passengers at foreign facilities, saying it would give international competitors an unfair advantage.
April 11, 2013
What's for dinner? No, we're not scrambling on a weeknight after getting home from work.
Newswire via Travel Agent Central
April 11, 2013
The American travel industry is leading, yet again, the nation's economic growth and recovery, according to David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association in his analysis of recent U.S. employment and exports numbers.