U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in support of the Visit America Act (H.R. 6965) and the Travel and Tourism Act (H.R. 7820).
Barnes pressed for passage of both bills, which are critical to ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the United States in the global travel market. The Visit America Act would establish an Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism position at the U.S. Department of Commerce, direct the Commerce Secretary to set inbound visitation goals and a national travel and tourism strategy, and direct the Commerce Secretary to facilitate U.S. bids for large international events and trade shows.
While U.S. Travel is also supportive of the Travel and Tourism Act, Barnes advocated for the inclusion of two provisions, already in the Visit America Act, to be included in the Travel and Tourism Act to establish an Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and to direct the Secretary of Commerce to support and facilitate U.S. bids for large international events and trade shows.
Barnes also expressed thanks for enactment of the bipartisan Restoring Brand USA Act. She further urged lawmakers to support the repeal of the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated international travelers.
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U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. Travelers in the United States are estimated to spend $1.1 trillion in 2022 (still 10% below 2019 levels). U.S. Travel advocates for policies to accelerate an even recovery across the travel industry and restore economic and job growth for this essential contributor to our nation’s success. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.