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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U.S. Travel Encouraged by Movement on Brand USA Senate Bill

July 24, 2019

This bill is vital to ensuring the future of America’s travel planning and promotion—and the livelihoods of the 15.7 million Americans whose jobs are supported by this industry.

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Commerce Dept. Embraces International Visitation Goal at Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Meeting

July 19, 2019

The U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) held its July meeting Tuesday. 

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide updates from U.S. Travel’s summer board of directors meeting, share the latest on Brand USA reauthorization, and update you on the Travel and Tourism...

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July 16, 2019
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In order to keep the economy—and by extension, the travel industry—strong, it is crucial that the U.S. not engage in risky trade wars or downgrade our valuable trade agreements.

June 21, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll provide an overview of our work to reauthorize Brand USA, Visa Waiver Program, National Parks and more.


June 12, 2019
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Trump reiterated his administration’s commitment to adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program.

May 24, 2019
Friday Check-In

In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight the latest infrastructure updates, share information regarding REAL ID compliance, discuss progress on Brand USA renewal and highlight the 51st annual IPW.


May 10, 2019
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In this week’s Friday Check-in, we’ll spotlight National Travel and Tourism Week, provide an update on H-2B Visas, discuss our latest research report, and unpack the latest Travel Trends Index.


May 04, 2019
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Think you know travel? Test your smarts each day of National Travel and Tourism Week with a trivia question highlighting why travel matters to America. Travel matters to trade, commerce and jobs...