U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement:
"The American travel community welcomes the announcement of Chad Wolf as the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. As a dedicated public servant who has literally been with the department since the beginning, Mr. Wolf has a special understanding of its workings and purpose—most especially, what it takes to effectively evolve policy to meet the constantly shifting challenges on the security landscape.
“As DHS moves ahead with innovations that will make travel simultaneously more seamless and more secure—such as the implementation of biometric technology at both the Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection—we have every confidence that Mr. Wolf will bring the capable leadership that will make these efforts a success.
“We add our thanks to Kevin McAleenan, whose long and distinguished public service did so much to make this country safe, and who has been a terrific collaborator on travel-related issues in his time leading DHS and throughout his career.”
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.