Tennessean Susan Whitaker Named 2013 State Tourism Director of the Year
August 20, 2013
Winners of the 2013 Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star were announced during the U.S. Travel Association's annual ESTO conference held this week in Richmond.
Entertainer Dolly Parton: “…one of the best friends that our Tennessee tourism industry has ever known…”
August 19, 2013
Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, has been named the State Tourism Director of the Year. The award is voted upon annually by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors.
U.S. Travel Hails Chicago Airport's Commitment to Improving Entry Efficiency While Preserving High Standard for Security
August 15, 2013
Speaking on Thursday at the unveiling of Chicago O'Hare International Airport's new Automated Passport Control capability, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, praised the Chicago Department of Aviation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their collaboration in dramatically upgrading the security and efficiency of international passenger screening at O'Hare.
U.S. Travel Applauds U.S. Customs and Border Protection for Allowing More International Travelers into the Trusted Traveler Program
August 12, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement of its intent to allow citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea and Qatar to enroll in its highly successful trusted traveler program known as Global Entry.
Travel Accounts for a Quarter of Total U.S. Export Growth in 2013
August 6, 2013
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, reacts to Tuesday's Department of Commerce report on the U.S. trade deficit.
New Director of Strategic Communications Committed to Strengthening Association's Brand and Presence in the Media
August 5, 2013
The U.S. Travel Association today announced that Chris Kennedy is the association's new director of strategic communications. In his role, Kennedy will work to strengthen U.S. Travel's press visibility, helping to call attention to the travel industry's pivotal role as an engine in the domestic economy.
August 2, 2013
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Labor Department announcement that the U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent.
July 31, 2013
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representative's passage of the Government Spending Accountability (GSA) Act of 2013, H.R. 313.
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.