U.S. Travel Tells Senate Renewal of Brand USA and JOLT Act Passage would Add $200 B to U.S. Economy
May 9, 2014 10:00am
In addition to calling upon the Senate to reauthorize Brand USA, Dow urged Congress to enact the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, elements of which passed the Senate but is still pending in the House (H.R. 1354). Dow also called for faster passenger screening at U.S. international ports of entry, and greater investment in transportation infrastructure, including more rapid deployment of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Members of the subcommittee echoed Dow's call for legislative action to further boost tourism's positive impact on the U.S. economy.
"Tourism and hospitality are areas where we can work together to create and keep jobs in the United States," said subcommittee chairman Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i). "The travel and tourism industry is a major economic driver and job creator across the country and especially in Hawai'i. It generates trillions of dollars in economic output and supports more than 14 million American jobs. Expanding our tourism industry and creating good jobs is going to take increased collaboration between the public and private sectors."
"Growing our nation's travel and tourism industry is vital for our economy in South Carolina and across our country. In South Carolina alone, our tourism activity supports ten percent of all jobs and even more in places like Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville or Hilton Head," said ranking member Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). "As we look to bring 100 million visitors into the country annually by the end of 2021, what these hotels, activity operators, restaurants and shops really need is a partner in Washington, D.C. that isn't overtaxing, over-regulating or otherwise standing in the way of their ability to grow."
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