The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY18 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which included language to raise the Passenger Facility Charge cap and protect Open Skies agreements.
After weeks of Congressional outreach (House and Senate), media coverage and grassroots efforts, we are pleased to share that the House Appropriations Committee did not include language to eliminate federal funding for Brand USA in its FY2018 bill.
Earlier this week, the president released his budget for FY2018, which includes a proposal to cut federal funding for Brand USA. U.S. Travel and the broad travel community are engaging members of Congress to ensure their understanding of the tremendous value that Brand USA creates nationwide.
Next Wednesday, U.S. Travel hosts the inaugural Secure Tourism Summit in New York City, where security and communications experts will provide insights and educate industry leaders on threat management, crisis response and traveler safety.
The travel industry continues to make its voice heard on priority issues in the news and in Washington. Our united efforts help ensure that our nation’s leaders, lawmakers, media and public understand the economic contributions of the travel industry.
U.S. Travel will defend against any measures that impede legitimate inbound travel—America’s No. 3 export—and continues to urge the Trump administration to make clear that the U.S. welcomes all international travelers who are approved to visit here.