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U.S. Travel Association Launches Multiyear "Travel Effect" National
Advocacy and Awareness Campaign

Effort to Include Research Projects, New Partnerships and Effective Communications


Washington, D.C. - January 17, 2013 – To conclusively establish the link between travel and its effect on relationships, education, business and communities, the U.S. Travel Association is launching "Travel Effect," a multiyear, multimillion-dollar advocacy and awareness campaign.

"What we've long known anecdotally, we will now prove through authoritative research: travel has a positive effect on health, relationships, business performance and the well-being of communities," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "Travel Effect will take new research and drive earned media to communicate travel's benefits to the U.S. economy, to local communities, and to good health, strong families and an improved quality of life."

At Travel Effect's core are groundbreaking research projects and studies that will demonstrate the indispensible benefits travel brings to people's lives, their careers and their communities. Current research underway examines travel's effect on relationships and its power to create lasting memories for children and adults. Additional projects include measuring the bottom-line impact of business travel and the impact of government meetings on government operations, private-sector development and local communities.

The campaign will employ both earned and paid media to convey research findings, with an emphasis on social media. Research findings and more information will be available at www.traveleffect.com . Additionally, state and district data that provide key travel impact measurements formerly available on poweroftravel.org will be on the Travel Effect website.

Travel Effect's first research project of 2013, a study on the effect travel has on relationships, will be released in February.

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output and supports 14.4 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.  Visit www.ustravel.org.  Follow us on Twitter @ustravel
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Contact:

Cathy Keefe
(202) 408-2183
ckeefe@ustravel.org




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