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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Update for DMOs on CARES 2.0

July 28, 2020

The U.S. Travel team provides an update on the HEALS Act. Tune in to hear what that means for the travel industry and ways to continue activating for relief. View the presentation slides...

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Advancing Industry Priorities in Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Legislation

July 23, 2020

This webinar provides a deep dive into advocacy efforts to secure relief, protection and stimulus for the travel industry. Gain insights on anticipated bill timing, next steps and ways you can...

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U.S. Travel Commends Administration’s Health and Safety Guidance to Restart Air Travel

July 13, 2020

The guidance creates a framework for airlines, airports and others to mitigate public health risks, and ensures the entire U.S. aviation system is following a safe, responsible path toward recovery.

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April 09, 2020
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U.S. Travel's government relations team hosted a webinar for DMOs on how to navigate the CARES Act. The webinar is devoted to answering questions received from DMOs, CVBs and state tourism offices about their eligibility and assistance for their organizations and staff.

February 28, 2020
Friday Check-In

In this week's Friday Check-In, we have an update on Coronavirus, discuss the latest developments on REAL ID, and preview Destination Capitol Hill.

October 04, 2019
Friday Check-In

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, including tools you can use to inform travelers as well as policy solutions we’re recommending to leaders in...

August 30, 2019
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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.

March 15, 2019
Friday Check-In

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

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.