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November 30, 2015

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Visa Waiver Program

U.S. Travel champions policies that not only allow travel to thrive, but most importantly, keep it safe and secure. We strongly believe, as do an overwhelming majority of security experts, that the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a critical tool for strengthening national security—protecting the American homeland and public through individualized screening, global intelligence sharing, secure passports and regular audits of security standards of participating countries.

Learn more about the security benefits of the Visa Waiver Program

Watch Roger Dow's video update


Surface Transportation Infrastructure

U.S. Travel urges Congress to enact a multi-year highway funding bill that includes House-passed provisions that will develop a national infrastructure strategy to enhance travel and tourism, and give travel leaders a seat at the table for transportation planning at the local, state and federal level.

Read our industry's letter to Congress

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Global Travel Review

New research provides an analysis of recent trends guiding the growth of global travel and the effects on the U.S. as a major long-haul destination market. The report examines: global and U.S. travel trends, travel's economic impact on international trade, factors promoting travel to the U.S., and the international travel outlook.

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New Research: Americans Creating the Next Generation of Work Martyrs

Project: Time Off's latest report, The Work Martyr's Children: How Kids are Harmed by America's Lost Week, asked kids ages 8-14 how they feel about their parents' work habits and what it means when they miss out on the quality family time vacation provides. The study found six in seven kids see their parents bringing work stress home. Further, six in 10 (59%) kids say they are upset when their parents miss events because of work. The good news is the answer to quality time is not out of reach. Sixty-one percent of kids say the way they want to spend quality time with their parents is on vacation.

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ESTO 2016

U.S. Travel’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) will be held August 27-30 in Boca Raton, Fla. ESTO is the only national forum where tourism destination professionals at the state, region and local level get critical tools, tips and information to help them better market and grow their destinations.

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Future IPW Host Cities

IPW is the largest travel trade show in North America—a one-stop opportunity for U.S. destinations, attractions and businesses to showcase themselves to thousands of influential travel professionals from international markets. Check out where IPW is headed in the years to come.

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Travel Community Decries Attacks on Security Value of Visa Waiver Program

It would be a grave error by Congress to scapegoat a successful program—without as much as a hearing—that had zero to do with a recent tragedy.

Travel Leaders Reject Sen. Paul's Call for Visa Restrictions

In the aftermath of 9/11, America and its leaders chose freedom over fear, which enabled our nation's recovery on multiple levels. That was the proper instinct then and it remains so now.

U.S. Travel Welcomes Report that DOJ Opposes Open Skies Freeze

U.S. Travel is encouraged by reports that the Justice Department shares the travel community’s concern that reducing airline competition is detrimental to travel and travelers.

U.S. Travel Community Hails Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

This 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) means more business will be conducted in the U.S., translating to more American jobs and a boost to the U.S. economy.

Travel Community Lauds Senate Introduction of Bipartisan JOLT Act

The U.S. travel community unambiguously praises this legislation, which identifies and implements valuable enhancements to inbound travel from Canada, trusted traveler programs, and the Visa Waiver Program.

Travel Community Welcomes FAA Patch, But Urges Comprehensive Bill

The U.S. Travel community is grateful to Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member DeFazio and leaders in both chambers for ensuring that the operations of the FAA continue without interruption. But Congress as a whole needs a new approach to transportation policy.

Fix Aviation Infrastructure, Cut Taxes on Flyers, Travel Leaders Urge

More than a hundred major travel-related companies and organizations, 117 to be exact, are urging congressional leaders to cut taxes on air travelers and move to a user-fee model for infrastructure financing as part of the forthcoming FAA reauthorization.

U.S. Travel Praises Obama and Rousseff’s Commitment to Facilitating Travel

U.S. Travel's President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s joint communique renewing their commitment to expanding visa-free travel ...

U.S. Travel Alarmed by Airfare Collusion Allegation

U.S. Travel's President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to reports that the U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high ...

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