U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the upcoming Senate vote to reform the criminal justice system:

“As an industry that helps generate one out of every nine American jobs and is a top 10 employer in 49 states, the travel community is deeply attuned to issues that affect the U.S. workforce. Without question, the job training and anti-recidivism provisions in the First Step Act of 2018 will help increase the pool of quality job-seekers in the labor market, which is a boon to travel-related businesses in every state and all 435 congressional districts. This, in turn, will enable the American travel industry to further improve upon the $77 billion trade surplus it generated last year. The First Step Act not only institutes numerous humane reforms, but it just makes good economic sense.”


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.



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