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U.S. Travel Reacts to U.K. Placing U.S. on ‘Amber’ List for Travel

May 07, 2021

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on today’s release of the U.K.’s “traffic light system” for international travel:

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U.S. Travel Taps Nicole Porter to Boost Political Outreach

May 03, 2021

The U.S. Travel Association has announced the hiring of Nicole Porter as vice president, political affairs - PAC and grassroots, a newly created position.

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Despite Jobs Gains, Leisure & Hospitality Sector Hamstrung by Lack of Int’l and Business Travel

May 07, 2021

The Leisure & Hospitality industry gained 331,000 jobs in April—outperforming the overall U.S. jobs increase of 266,000, and offsetting jobs losses in other sectors.

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U.S. Travel Praises Extension of Federal Mask Mandate

April 30, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the announcement that the Transportation Security Administration has extended until September 13 the federal requirement that masks be worn on airplanes, in airports and on public transportation:

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Travel and Franchise Industries Endorse ‘Save Hotel Jobs Act’

April 30, 2021

The U.S. Travel Association and the International Franchise Association (IFA) on Thursday voiced strong support for new legislation that would provide relief for hard-hit hotel workers until travel returns to pre-pandemic levels. 

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U.S. Travel Applauds REAL ID Extension

April 27, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement:

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April 23, 2021
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The report revealed that the U.S. travel and tourism industry suffered a total GDP loss of $766 billion in 2020, a 41% decrease from the sector’s 2019 GDP contribution of $1.9 trillion.

April 15, 2021
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As the travel and tourism industry continues to emerge from the devastation of the global pandemic, focus on building back better is a foundational theme among any recovery strategy. Industry leaders from New York City take an in-depth look at how they are preparing to rebuild responsibly with a...


April 13, 2021
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The newly formed U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, led by Chairwoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ranking Member Rick Scott (R-FL), held its first-ever hearing today, entitled “The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID.”

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April 12, 2021
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The March employment report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measured a slight decline in national unemployment, but despite modest improvements, the U.S. Leisure & Hospitality sector continues to lag.

April 08, 2021
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While the CDC’s new guidance is a welcome development, not all sectors of travel have received consistent guidance related to resuming operations, particularly cruise lines.

April 07, 2021
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This iteration of "By the Numbers" looks at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s annual Economic Impact Report on the losses to the global travel economy in 2020.