Website spotlights significant dilemma in entry procedures voiced by international travelers upon arrival at nation's gateway airports
July 31, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association launched "Traveler's Voice" (www.travelersvoice.org) to help deliver appeals from travelers to improve the U.S. entry process. The website features video messages from international travelers immediately following their exit from immigration and customs checkpoints. Travelers report long wait times and delays caused by insufficient staffing and urge "those with the authority to enact change" to invest in additional officers to assist in processing inbound travelers.
Cancelling Participation in Meetings and Conferences Can Cost U.S. Taxpayers More in the Long Run
July 26, 2013
Traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective, according to a new study conducted by Rockport Analytics for the U.S. Travel Association. In contrast, cancelling government participation in key events carries significant costs and undermines important functions of government.
Legislation Will Increase International Travel While Maintaining Stringent Security Requirements
July 26, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operation and Related Programs for approving a fiscal year 2014 spending measure that will make it easier for international travelers to apply for a visa to visit the United States.
Aims to Further Association’s Role as Leading Advocate, Unified Voice for Travel Issues in Nation’s Capital
July 24, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today announced the appointment of Jim Abrahamson, CEO of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, as its new national chair. Abrahamson, who previously served as first vice chair, succeeds Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter in this role. He will serve as national chair through December 2014.
Increased Access to Highly Successful Trusted Traveler Program Will Strengthen Aviation Security and Boost TSA Efficiency
July 19, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement applauding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its announcement of a new program at Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International Airports to allow Americans to enroll directly in Pre✓™, TSA's trusted traveler program for domestic air travelers.
Legislative Report Language Requires Assessment of, and Report to Congress on, Impact of Federal Travel Cutbacks
July 18, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement applauding Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-4), Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, José Serrano (D-NY-15), Ranking Member, and Sam Farr (D-CA-20) for their efforts to require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to examine the impact of its policy to reduce federal travel spending by 30 percent below fiscal year 2010 levels. The requirement was included in the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee report accompanying the Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill.
U.S. Travel Applauds Senate Appropriators for Approving Spending Measure that Strengthens Aviation Security, Makes Screening More Efficient
July 16, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for approving a fiscal year 2014 spending measure that increases aviation security while fostering a travel experience that is more welcoming for all travelers.
July 16, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) for his leadership on travel-related initiatives for economic growth. Topping that agenda is the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Rep. Kinzinger that would leverage the benefits of international travel to the United States to create jobs and boost tax revenues. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – as well as its Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade – Rep. Kinzinger's support is especially important. The Subcommittee oversees legislation critical to America's share of the global travel market and recently held a hearing on "Vacation Nation: How Tourism Benefits Our Economy."
Gains in Travel Jobs Outpacing Rest of Economy by 25 Percent Since Early 2010
July 5, 2013
The travel industry continues to gain steam, adding 22,600 jobs last month and accounting for almost 12 percent of the increase in total non-farm jobs. Monthly job growth in the travel industry has averaged 19,000 thus far in 2013, more than twice the average gain of 9,100 travel jobs per month in 2012.
Spending by International Travelers Accounts for Close to One-Third of Overall U.S. Export Growth So Far This Year
July 3, 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 deteriorated by $4.9 billion in May 2013 to $45.0 billion, as the $0.5 billion fall in total exports was augmented by a $4.4 billion surge in imports from April.