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Study: 40% of Excess Unemployment Is in Leisure & Hospitality Sector

August 12, 2020

A report prepared for the U.S. Travel Association by Tourism Economics finds a bevy of chilling jobs figures—and underscores the fact that an overall U.S. employment recovery will not be successful unless the hard-hit travel and tourism industry can be safely restarted.

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Travel Community Reacts to Breakdown of Coronavirus Relief Talks

August 08, 2020

U.S. Travel's Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on reports that congressional and administration leaders are suspending negotiations on the next phase of pandemic-related legislative relief:

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History Is Made with the Signing of the Great American Outdoors Act

August 04, 2020

The funding provided by the Great American Outdoors Act will ensure access for generations to come and meet the growing demands of parks and recreation travelers.

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The Simplest Keys to Recovery: Masks and Testing

August 03, 2020

We all have a role to play in ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience: wear a mask, sanitize surfaces and wash hands frequently, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

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Much for Travel Industry to Like in Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill

July 31, 2020

Following months of positive engagement with Congress, we are pleased to report there is much to like in the HEALS Act, the Senate version of the next round of coronavirus relief.

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U.S. Travel Reacts to Economic Plunge

July 30, 2020

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the record plunge in U.S. GDP announced Thursday morning:

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March 06, 2020
Friday Check-In

For this week's Friday Check-In, Roger Dow delivers an update on Coronavirus and what it means to the travel industry.


February 28, 2020
Friday Check-In

In this week's Friday Check-In, we have an update on Coronavirus, discuss the latest developments on REAL ID, and preview Destination Capitol Hill.


February 07, 2020
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update on the Coronavirus, take a look back at the State of the Travel Industry address, and discuss movement on improving America's infrastructure.


January 17, 2020
Friday Check-In

This is the first Friday Check-In of 2020, and we'll cover several events taking place over the next few weeks.


December 20, 2019
Friday Check-In

In the final Friday Check-In of the year, we share an update on Brand USA reauthorization, the latest on USMCA, and a preview of National Plan for Vacation Day.


November 22, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an update from our fall Board of Directors meeting, discuss the latest steps toward the renewal of Brand USA, and share how we’re helping America get REAL ID ready ahead of next year’s winter holiday travel season.