Tori Barnes serves as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy at U.S. Travel Association.  Barnes, who was previously a top lobbyist for General Motors, joined U.S. Travel in November of 2017 as Senior Vice President of Government Relations. In that time, she secured some impressive legislative achievements for the organization, as well as sustained engagement with the country’s top policymakers.

Barnes will continue to lead U.S. Travel Association’s government relations team, overseeing the group’s critical policy efforts. These include upgrading America’s air travel infrastructure and improving connectivity nationwide, promoting common-sense policies that effectively balance security and travel facilitation, and protecting Open Skies agreements.

Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2017, Barnes was an integral member of General Motors’ federal affairs team for more than fourteen years, playing a crucial role in strengthening GM’s presence on Capitol Hill, leading the company’s tax policy and trade strategies and managing political operations. She most recently served as Executive Director of Federal Affairs, and managed a diverse portfolio that included tax, trade, fuel economy, transportation, pension issues and political operations. Previously, she served as a Congressional Liaison for the Republican National Committee and as Director of Fundraising and Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National Capital Chapter.

Barnes is on the board of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game (CWSG), and coaches the Members of Congress team, which plays an annual game against women in the press to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that works with young women facing breast cancer.

Barnes graduated from George Mason University, and also attended Miami University of Ohio.

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New ROI Study Reinforces Value, Impact of Brand USA

April 12, 2019

Brand USA this week released another impressive return-on-investment (ROI) study conducted by Oxford Economics.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share a recap from U.S. Travel Meetings Week, discuss the newly introduced JOLT Act, and hear from the association’s new national chair.

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Destination Capitol Hill: 2.5 Trillion Reasons to Advocate for Travel

April 05, 2019

This is an industry essential to the American economy and workforce, and it is why we advocate for its continued growth.

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April 01, 2019
Woman going through security

More convenient travel means more travel, period, which is why the U.S. Travel Association has long championed boosting technology and innovation at travel security checkpoints.

March 29, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover and infrastructure hearing on the Hill, discuss the latest with the Visa Waiver Program and spotlight our upcoming events.

March 21, 2019

We have long extolled the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and Global Entry —both of which make travel to the United States simultaneously more efficient and more secure—as shining examples of innovative, successful policymaking.

March 20, 2019
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced their intent to take the necessary steps to enable Brazil to participate in the Global Entry program.

March 15, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we cover important White House updates, discuss the latest in infrastructure investments and highlight our upcoming events.

March 01, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-In, industry experts cover an important development for our national parks, news regarding the TSA Precheck program, our efforts with the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus and our latest industry positioning campaign.