U.S. Travel Co-Sponsors Fly-In to Call for Immediate Action on Immigration Reform
October 29, 2013 11:47am
WASHINGTON (October 29, 2013) - The U.S. Travel Association is among the backers of Tuesday's "Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for Our Economy, Faith, and Security" fly-in on Capitol Hill, which brings 600 public- and private-sector leaders from across the United States to meet with Members of Congress on the importance of immigration reform.
"Today's event demonstrates the incredible groundswell of support for immigration reform across all sectors of society," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. "Immigration reform represents an opportunity to both enhance U.S. security and boost long-term economic growth. The business community sees tremendous benefit in moving ahead with comprehensive reform now, and we have come to Capitol Hill to drive that message home."
Among the fly-in's featured participants is Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson, who helped kick off the event with opening remarks at a Monday dinner.
"For those of us in travel and tourism, the opportunities at hand break down into two broad categories: One, promoting and facilitating international tourism in the United States, and two, stabilizing our industry's workforce," Sorenson said. "[M]odernizing our tourist and business visa processing systems is essential to making sure we can take advantage of the explosive growth in travel demand building in emerging economies. Competitor nations are moving aggressively to make it easy for travelers from Brazil and China, in particular, to come to their countries. The economic opportunity here is massive-we're talking billions of dollars within a decade. We need to keep pace."
U.S. Travel will also work with Congress to build support for the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act-bipartisan, stand-alone legislation introduced in the House that mirrors many of the pro-travel provisions in the immigration bill passed by the Senate. The JOLT Act is approaching 100 co-sponsors.
Among the JOLT Act's provisions:
Dow also urged the House to find a legislative vehicle for important pro-travel measures included in the Senate-passed immigration bill:
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