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U.S. Travel Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the Restoring Economic Security, Confidence and User Endurance Businesses Act of 2020:

“Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. travel industry, accounting for 83% of all travel industry businesses. The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has ground travel to a halt nationwide, with losses to travel-related jobs predicted to reach 4.6 million by the end of next month. It is imperative that congressional action is taken to ensure that small businesses can continue to support their employees through this difficult time.

“We applaud Senators Rubio and Collins for their leadership on this issue and for their dedication to America’s workers, and we urge its inclusion in the Phase III coronavirus stimulus package.”


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.



Cathy Reynolds

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