Trusted media advisor and political strategist to lead association's campaign-style operation
May 2, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today announced the selection of Jonathan A. Grella as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. Grella, who begins at U.S. Travel on May 6, will lead the government relations, grassroots, research and communications components of U.S. Travel's highly successful campaign-style operation.
Travel Exports Growing Three-Times Faster than Other Exports in 2013
May 2, 2013
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Commerce Department announcement that the trade deficit improved by $4.8 billion in March to $38.8 billion, as total exports fell by $1.7 billion and imports plummeted to $6.5 billion from February.
Automated I-94 Form Important Step in Modernizing Admissions Process for International Travelers
April 29, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its rollout of an automated I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, which will make the admissions process for international travelers lawfully visiting the United States more efficient – and will maximize resources for CBP officers at ports of entry – by moving from a paper to automated form.
April 26, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the swift action and passage of bipartisan Senate legislation to end sequester-induced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs that are causing flight delays nationwide, but noted its concern in regards to the potential funding source which would direct funds from needed airport infrastructure projects.
U.S. Travel Association Urges FAA to Insulate Critical Personnel from Budget Cuts; Calls on Congress to Enact Legislative Fix
April 24, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today released a new analysis of the cost of flight delays resulting from announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs of air traffic control personnel in response to budget sequestration.
Vermont Tourism Commissioner Tells Senators, ‘Travel Facilitation Must Be Part of Immigration Reform’
April 22, 2013
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Megan Smith, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, said: "On behalf of the U.S. and Vermont travel and tourism industry, I congratulate the 'Gang of 8' for including a number of significant provisions in the 'Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act' and more broadly recognizing that facilitating legal travel must be an integral part of immigration reform."
Urges Congress to Pass "Essential Services Act of 2013"
April 19, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today expressed deep concern over an announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that air travelers will start to experience significant delays at major U.S. airports when air traffic controller furloughs begin on Sunday.
April 15, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today praised Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) for introducing the "Essential Services Act of 2013," which would give federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection the flexibility to determine which employees are essential personnel as they manage sequester requirements, including the vital services of control tower operations and border security.
Removing Barriers to Enrollment Will Boost Security While Reducing Cost Growth
April 11, 2013
In testimony today before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, Geoff Freeman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the U.S. Travel Association, said that the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) modern, risk-based passenger aviation screening system known as “PreCheck” is working and should be further expanded.
U.S. Travel Applauds Effort to Include Hong Kong in Visa Waiver Program
April 11, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement applauding Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D-HI) bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to help Hong Kong become eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The program helps increase international travel to the United States and boosts U.S. growth.