The U.S. travel community is uniquely impacted by public health emergency situations and natural disasters due to the potential effect they could have on domestic and international travel. The U.S. Travel Association is among the first responders during times of crisis to ensure the travel community and all levels of government are closely aligned as information is shared and policy decisions affecting travel are made.

Quick Facts

Whether disease, oil spills, volcano eruptions or terrorism, natural and self-made crises and the fear they create can potentially have a significant impact on domestic and international travelers. Armed with research and fact-based information, U.S. Travel over the years has bridged the industry to administration officials and security and health experts to help the travel community and policymakers at every level of government better understand the potential impact of the crisis and the effect policy decisions being made can have on travelwhich is among the biggest economic engines that drive our country’s prosperity.

U.S. Travel remains vigilant in anticipating potential threats to travel and being a leading voice to ensure that concerns for public safety are met with reasoned policy decisions and a measured response that will have the least impact on travel possible.

Recommendations

Engage with policymakers

Policy decisions during times of crisis can have unintended consequences affecting travel so it is critical to engage with relevant decision-makers to ensure that the potential impact on one of America’s largest and important industries is always considered as handling of a crisis continues.

Combat negative perceptions

Destinations are significantly impacted by traveler perceptions of man-made and natural disasters so proactively providing fact-based information to the media, policymakers and the travel community offering context during times of crisis is critical.

Research, News and Commentary on Emergency Response

Happy Holidays from U.S. Travel

December 16, 2016

With final approval given for Norwegian Air International to expand service to the United States and with the passage of the National Park Centennial Act, the travel industry is ending 2016 on a bright note.

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Congress Prevents Shutdown, Passes Zika Funding

September 30, 2016

Congress passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9—legislation that also includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. This bipartisan deal provides much-needed relief for Zika response efforts, and it reflects our industry's ability to influence change at the highest level.

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Travel Community Hails Passage of Federal Zika Funding

September 28, 2016

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement upon Wednesday's passage of a continuing budget resolution including emergency Zika funding.

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Roger Dow Commentary

On the Recent Zika Developments in Florida

September 21, 2016

History tells us that Florida is uniquely equipped to address big challenges, whether it’s a weather event or a public health matter—but Congress has a job to do, and must do it soon.

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As Federal Funds to Combat Zika Wane, Travel Industry Urges Action in Congress

September 16, 2016

U.S. Travel joins health experts from the CDC and HHS on a national media call to discuss the urgent need for emergency funding to combat the Zika virus before time and money expires at the end of the month.

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U.S. Travel, Hotel Industry Jointly Urge Congressional Action on Zika Funding

September 09, 2016

On Wednesday, the U.S. Travel Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association released a joint letter to lawmakers, imploring them to immediately approve emergency funding for addressing the Zika virus.

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