Close

Cart

Total $0.00

Checkout
Washington, D.C. - July 14, 2014 - The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, issued the following statement commending passage of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 4450) by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade on a unanimous 22-0 vote:

"Reauthorization of Brand USA is one of the top priorities for the U.S. lodging industry, and as such passage of H.R. 4450 is of great importance to hoteliers," said Vanessa Sinders, AH&LA senior vice president of government affairs. "This program has provided our country with a very successful program attracting tourists from around the world, given us a competitive edge, and provided invaluable stimulus for the continued strength of our industry and the national economy.  Today's vote demonstrates an awareness among the members of the subcommittee of the vital need for continuing this program and providing further stimulus.  We thank Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Peter Welch for championing this crucial legislation for the travel industry, and Chairman Lee Terry for bringing about today's successful markup.  We hope the full Energy and Commerce Committee will move quickly to consider this bill so that it can then be brought to the House floor for a final vote."

In 2013, Brand USA's efforts resulted in:

  • 1.1 million additional visitors to the U.S. who spent
  • $3.4 billion on travel and purchases, resulting in
  • $7.4 billion in total sales, which supported over
  • 53,000 new U.S. jobs, and generated
  • $1 billion in total sales tax revenue.

Brand USA is the public-private entity created to promote the U.S. and attract and welcome international tourists.  In 2012, international visitors contributed $180.7 billion in travel spending, supporting 14.6 million jobs in all 50 states.

About the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $163 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.

Contact: Matt Rhodes

(202) 289-3132

Related News

Hotel Industry Commits $75,000 Grant for LA Opportunity Youth Training

New Research Shows Consumers Spend $5.2 Billion Annually in Fraudulent and Misleading Hotel Booking Transactions

Tax Day: Hoteliers Call for More Transparency and Oversight in Taxing Airbnb

Hotel Industry Partners With Pearson to Offer Debt-Free College Degrees to Employees

AHLA Responds to Airbnb Plus & Boutique Program Announcement

AHLA's President and CEO, Katherine Lugar, Releases Statement on President Donald Trump's State of the Union

AHLA’s Financial Management Committee Issues Guidance for the New Revenue Recognition Standards

AHLA President Lugar Highlights Hotel Industry Economic Impact on Nation's Cities at U.S. Conference of Mayors

AHLA Announces 2018 Officers & Board of Directors Slate

AHLA Promotes Brian Crawford to Vice President and Department Head of Governmental Affairs

AHLA Applauds Final Passage of Tax Reform Legislation

AHLA President and CEO Katherine Lugar's Statement on Senate Passage of Tax Reform Legislation

Hotel Innovators Educate Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Urge Support for Stop Online Booking Scams Act

AHLA and the Better Business Bureau Team Up to Fight Online Hotel Booking Scams

AHLA Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week by Launching Program and Giving $50,000 Grant

AHLA Praises House for Passing Tax Reform

Hotel Industry Teams Up With World Wildlife Fund and The Rockefeller Foundation to Reduce Food Waste

New Study Reveals Tax Reform Could Boost Hotel Industry by $131.7B

AHLA Presents $500,000 Youth Grant to Community-Based Organizations to Open Career Pathways in High-Demand Markets

AHLA President, CEO Katherine Lugar Appointed to Federal Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

All News »

Please login or register to post a comment.