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."
Click here to learn more about Brand USA.
Tags: u.s. travel association,
Contact: Cathy Keefe
(O) 202-408-2183, (C) 703-899-7031
Contact: Jamie Morris
(O) 202-218-3621, (C) 530-545-9274
U.S. Travel Responds to Report that Trump Assisted U.S. Bid to Co-Host World Cup
Travel Trends Index: Business Travel Thriving as Travel Expands for 100th Straight Month
Visit U.S. Coalition Launches Amid Drop in U.S. Share of Global Travel
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow Says Addressing Falling Inbound Travel Needs to Become a National Priority
Travel Trends Index: Domestic Leisure Travel Withstands Harvey and Irma
Travel Trends Index: Slight Uptick Across All Travel Segments
U.S. Travel Statement on New Travel Restrictions
Tourism Cares Rallies Support for Hurricane/Disaster Relief
Portions of Travel Trends Index Revised Sharply Downward on New Data
U.S. Travel Association Presents Florida Governor Rick Scott with Distinguished Leadership Award for Commitment to Travel and Tourism
Louisiana's Kyle Edmiston Wins 2017 State Tourism Director of the Year
Workers Who Start in Travel and Tourism Achieve Higher Peak Salary Than Most Industries
Marriott's Arne Sorenson and STR's Randy Smith to Be Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders
Travel Trends Index: Int'l Travel to U.S. Continues Strong Showing Post-Executive Order
U.S. Travel Trends Index: International Travel Post-Executive Order Stronger Than Expected
U.S. Travel Industry Rallies Behind Brand USA
Bipartisan-Supported Brand USA Program Drives $21 Billion in Business Sales, 2 Million Jobs
U.S. Travel Reacts to Proposed Elimination of Brand USA in Trump Budget
Travel Trends Index: International Inbound Travel Shows Signs of Weakness
Wyndham Hotel Group’s Geoff Ballotti Named U.S. Travel National Chair
Please login or register to post a comment.