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.
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."
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.
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.
Appointments Will Bring Needed Expertise From Travel Community, Experience to Improve Federal Travel
July 3, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) selection of representatives from America’s travel businesses and organizations to its new Governmentwide Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC). Among GTAC’s appointments is U.S. Travel’s Nan Marchand Beauvois, who is senior director of national councils.
June 27, 2013
Travel industry veterans Randy Garfield of The Walt Disney Company and Mike Gallagher of CityPASS have been selected as the 2013 inductees into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Garfield and Gallagher will be honored during a dinner among more than 100 travel industry leaders during the U.S. Travel fall board meeting on November 21-22 at the Fairmont Washington, D.C.
Landmark Legislation Will Deliver Increased Economic Opportunity and Jobs to Communities Across America by Encouraging More Travel To and Within the United States
June 27, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement commending the U.S. Senate for approving S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which recognizes the importance of travel – an industry that contributes $2.0 trillion per year to the U.S. economy and constitutes America's No. 1 services export.