Washington -

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella released the following statement following the Senate’s removal from its tax bill of a provision that singled-out foreign airlines:

“A half-baked measure that could've impacted both tax reform and travel was recklessly tossed on the Senate's lap, and wisely disposed of.

“This is the most significant moment in the three-year war on Open Skies. Bipartisan lawmakers have wisely rejected this last-ditch effort to stymie connectivity and choice.

“Travel, trade, commerce, and diplomacy are all better for the Senate's good work.”


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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