U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
“This is a major step forward in securing a more modern and connected future for the United States, travelers and the American travel industry. The funding levels and investments in the bill will help revolutionize the way people move and travel throughout the U.S., and increase our global competitiveness as we rebuild from the pandemic and welcome back visitors from around the world.
“The bill provides crucial investments to improve U.S. airports, roads and bridges, and provides a down payment on projects to power the future of mobility, including electric vehicle charging infrastructure and high-speed rail.
“The bill also establishes a key leadership role at the Department of Transportation to help coordinate travel and tourism policy and investments across all modes of transportation.
“U.S. Travel applauds the bipartisan group of senators and the administration for their tireless commitment to making this infrastructure package a reality, which will set our industry and our country on a path toward recovery and a stronger, more resilient future for travel.”
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.