WASHINGTON (November 7, 2018)—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the election results:
"As the election concludes, our work only accelerates: connecting with the roughly one-quarter of Congress that is new, to educate them on the $2.4 trillion economic impact and $77 billion trade surplus travel and tourism generate for this country, and the policy priorities that will make those numbers even greater.
"We have long stressed that travel is not a red or blue issue—it's a red, white and blue opportunity. Our approach might change slightly depending upon who's in office, but our mission to make sure travel and tourism are part of the policymaking discussion never does. Both parties recognize the economic power of increasing travel to and within the United States, and that the 15.6 million our industry helps employ are Republicans and Democrats and everything in between.
"We congratulate all of Tuesday night's winners, and we look forward to working with them to keep creating jobs and economic impact in each and every state and congressional district by enacting smart policies that grow travel."