As vice president of government relations, Erik Hansen leads development of U.S. Travel's domestic policy agenda, and represents the travel community before the Executive Branch and Congress.

Hansen focuses on issues related to aviation, surface transportation, infrastructure and federal travel. He also served as general manager of the Connecting America Through Travel conference, which convened travel industry leaders, transportation experts and policy influencers to help shape the discussion on revitalizing America’s travel infrastructure.

Before joining the U.S. Travel Association, Hansen worked for five years as a legislative aide on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and for the office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, he served as Field Director for the reelection campaign of Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), and worked in the government affairs office of Prudential Financial.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | October 4, 2019

October 04, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we highlight an industry-wide initiative that U.S. Travel has launched to ramp-up awareness on REAL ID requirements ahead of next year’s enforcement deadline,...

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Expected Labor Day Travel Volume Highlights Need for Infrastructure Fixes

August 30, 2019

With more people than ever taking to the skies and hitting the roads, it is crucial that America’s travel infrastructure is well-maintained: our airports, highways, and national parks and monuments are all in need of attention.

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Friday Check-In | March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover important White House updates, discuss the latest in infrastructure investments and highlight our upcoming events.

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October 03, 2018
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On Wednesday, Congress concluded a two-year-long debate on aviation issues as the Senate joined the House in passing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill.

April 12, 2018
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On Tuesday, the United States and Grenada signed an Open Skies aviation agreement. This is good news for both the U.S. and the island nation, as the new agreement will mean lower airfares and increased tourism between the countries.

April 02, 2018
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The U.S. travel community excitedly welcomes a new Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, which will very likely increase travel to our country from one of the world’s top global travel markets.

March 19, 2018
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A record number of U.S. passengers will take a flight this spring. That could be great news for America’s economy—if only our airports could accommodate that increase.

February 16, 2018
Friday Check-In

In this week’s message, we address travel industry matters related to the recently enacted federal budget deal, the release of President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget proposal and his much-anticipated infrastructure plan.


October 05, 2017
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President Trump continues to highlight his campaign promise of boosting manufacturing jobs in communities that need them. One major producer of that kind of employment? Aviation, a serious job...