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U.S. Travel Thanks Congressional Leaders, White House for Averting Another Gov’t Shutdown

February 15, 2019

The U.S. Travel Association applauds the White House and congressional leaders for reaching an agreement to avert another costly partial federal government shutdown. 

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover the status of federal government funding, next steps for National Parks legislation and spotlight our latest Travel Trends Index.

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U.S. Travel Welcomes Bills to Tackle Deferred Maintenance Projects in National Parks

February 15, 2019

U.S. Travel Association Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225) and the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 500).

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U.S. Travel Applauds Introduction of Bill to End 9/11 Fee Diversion

February 14, 2019

The U.S. travel community strongly supports Chairman Thompson and Chairman DeFazio’s measure to end the practice of using the ‘9/11’ fee to pay for programs unrelated to air travel security.

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Expanding TSA Precheck: A More Effective, Efficient, Resilient System

February 13, 2019

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides an essential service that ensures the safety and security of air travelers. But the agency has confronted morale and staffing issues for years—long before the most recent partial federal government shutdown.

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Much for Travel Community to Like Among Trump SOTU Priorities

February 07, 2019

President Trump gave the second State of the Union (SOTU) address of his presidency—a near-record-breaking 82-minute call for bipartisanship that included remarks on job growth, infrastructure, trade and an off-the-teleprompter comment on legal immigration.

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February 05, 2019
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Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.6 percent year-over-year in December, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry’s 108th straight month of overall expansion.

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February 01, 2019

Travel was a major factor in the overall 304,000-job increase in nonfarm employment in January, accounting for 11 percent of the rise in U.S. employment last month.

February 01, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share our perspective on the impacts of the government shutdown, the next steps for our advocacy agenda, and spotlight how our industry celebrated National Plan for Vacation Day.


January 31, 2019

Here are some of January 2019’s most compelling findings from the U.S. Travel research team.

January 30, 2019
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U.S. Travel sent a letter on Thursday to Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV) of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources expressing support for the Natural Resources Management Act ( S. 47 ).

January 29, 2019
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In our culture of overworking, taking time off to improve our standing in the workplace seems counterintuitive. We’ve all seen articles on our newsfeeds about the extreme morning routines of...