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U.S. Travel Praises House Introduction of Pandemic Risk Insurance

May 26, 2020

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA, H.R. 7011)—modeled on the post-9/11 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)—introduced by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY):

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As the National Parks Reopen, Remember to #RecreateResponsibly

May 22, 2020

The National Park Service is entering its next phase of reopening.

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U.S. Travel Applauds Phased Reopening of National Parks

May 22, 2020

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement:

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U.S. Travel’s Dow on VP’s Tourism Panel

May 20, 2020

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow and other industry leaders met with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday at a roundtable on the hard-hit travel and tourism sector, afterward expressing appreciation for the vice president’s attentiveness to the industry’s concerns and needs.

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Travel-Related Unemployment Hits 51% Just Ahead of Memorial Day

May 19, 2020

More than half of the 15.8 million travel-related jobs in the U.S. have disappeared since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic—driving an unemployment number (51%) that is more than twice the 25% rate the country as a whole experienced at the worst of the Great Depression.

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U.S. Travel Hails President's Call for 'Explore America' Tax Credit

May 19, 2020

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following response to President Trump’s remarks on an “Explore America” tax credit to spur the recovery of the travel industry, which has lost 8.1 million jobs so far and is projected to lose $519 billion in spending to the COVID-19 pandemic this year:

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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.