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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Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Grants Program

August 23, 2021

Our August 11 webinar with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Destinations International included a detailed overview of the EDA’s new six-program initiative called...

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Understanding and Accessing American Rescue Plan Relief

March 16, 2021

This webinar features the U.S. Travel government relations team as they walk through the travel-related provisions provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021—the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes much-needed federal assistance and substantial support to aid our industry’s recovery—as well as important details on accessing available relief. 

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Understanding and Accessing COVID-19 Relief for the Travel Industry

January 07, 2021

The U.S. Travel government relations team provides an in-depth overview of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package and the components of the legislation that have important impacts on travel...

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July 28, 2020
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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 here . *Not intended for media purposes.


July 23, 2020
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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 easily engage to amplify industry priorities . Additionally, Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah...


July 13, 2020
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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.

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...