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.
Travel Employment Growth Outpaces Overall Economy by 10 Percent; Travel Exports Growing 2.5 Times Faster Than Others
April 5, 2013
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's U.S. employment and exports numbers.
Introduction of "Jobs Originated through Launching Travel" (JOLT) Act Will Help Boost U.S. Growth through Increased Travel
March 21, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the introduction of the JOLT – "Jobs Originated through Launching Travel" – Act, a bipartisan bill that would leverage the benefits of inbound international travel to the United States to increase economic growth, create more jobs, generate additional tax revenue and boost U.S. exports.
March 21, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, released the following statement regarding the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's approval of Sally Jewell for the position of Interior Secretary of the United States.
March 20, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a Continuing Resolution that includes key travel priorities, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffing, transportation funding and the Survey of International Air Travelers (SIAT).
At least $95 billion and 518,900 American jobs at risk in the U.S. economy; 100 million travelers aware of negative entry experience
March 19, 2013
Overseas travelers are avoiding the United States due to lengthy and inefficient customs and entry procedures at the nation's gateway airports according to a new survey released today by Consensus Research Group and the U.S. Travel Association.