U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement:
“The American travel community is deeply grateful to congressional leaders for including the reauthorization of Brand USA in the spending package that lawmakers are expected to vote on this week.
“The current legislative environment can make it challenging to even advance measures that have broad and bipartisan consensus. Lawmakers deserve tremendous credit for heeding the strong evidence of Brand USA’s remarkable economic value and prioritizing Brand USA’s inclusion in the year-end funding measure.
“Brand USA has a compelling success story to tell, and it has been repeated by diverse voices from every corner of the country and our terrific congressional champions to create this opportunity to secure Brand USA’s future. As a result, Brand USA will be able to continue generating results for the U.S.’s economy, jobs base, and trade balance by bringing greater numbers of lucrative international visitors here at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.”
U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2020, travel generated $1.5 trillion in economic output and supported 11 million jobs, a drastic decline from pre-pandemic figures. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.