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U.S. Travel Association Applauds Customs and Border Protection Plan To Increase Trusted Travelers

The U.S. Travel Association today applauded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin for his public comments calling for increased participation in trusted traveler programs as a way to thwart terror threats. In comments to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Bersin said that CBP wants to increase enrollment in trusted traveler programs to 3.5 million people in two to three years. Such an increase, said Bersin, would allow CBP inspectors “to spend time on those travelers about whom we do not have a level of confidence” and hasten movement through the line for other travelers.
“Commissioner Bersin’s comments acknowledge that risk-based approaches to security are the most efficient and effective way to facilitate …

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U.S. Travel Industry Applauds President Obama’s Plan to Improve Roads, Rails and Airports

The head of the U.S. Travel Association applauded President Obama’s new initiative to focus on America’s roads, rail systems and airports, calling it “a positive and much-needed step toward rebuilding and expanding the national transportation system and strengthening our economy.”
Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said the national transportation system is “the gateway to job creation in America’s hotels, restaurants, attractions and destinations from coast-to-coast.  Antiquated and inefficient aspects of today’s transportation infrastructure have contributed to a decline in travel and economic growth.”
“The President’s initiative – focusing on our highways, high-speed rail and our air travel system – will begin the process of ensuring that more Americans and international visitors can …

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Statement from U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow On Gulf Recovery Plan Released By Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

Responding to the inclusion of several travel industry proposals in a long-term recovery plan for the Gulf released by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus yesterday, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, issued the following statement:
“We are gratified that Secretary Mabus has heard the travel community and recognizes the critical need for continuing funding for marketing travel and tourism to the Gulf region and greater transparency in how the funds are distributed. We also appreciate his acknowledgement of continuing perception problems for the region and his recommendation that funding guidelines should be structured to mitigate the long-term impacts on travel and tourism. Secretary Mabus’ recommendation that the Administration should lead …

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Obama Embraces Travel’s Unique Role in Doubling Exports, Creating American Jobs

U.S. Travel Board Members Appointed to New Export Council
Washington, DC – Reacting to a White House announcement naming the President’s Export Council to double exports over the next five years, Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, issued the following statement:
“President Obama’s decision to name two members of our board of directors to serve on the Export Council is recognition of travel’s power to help strengthen our economy. As heads of United Airlines and Disney respectively, Glenn Tilton and Bob Iger are valuable voices for the enormous potential of international visitors to stimulate economic growth. The spending generated by international visitation to the U.S. is our country’s largest service export and helps …

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Travel Industry to Engage Thousands of Employees during 2010 Congressional Elections

U.S. Travel Association Launches Online Town Hall for Employees to Query Federal Candidates
Seeking to provide an innovative way for the travel industry’s 10 million employees to engage in the 2010 Congressional elections, the U.S. Travel Association today launched a “Virtual Travel Town Hall” where candidates are asked to respond to the most significant travel-related questions facing the industry.
The cutting-edge effort comes on the heels of more than 400,000 lost travel industry jobs since 2008 and one of the most active periods for the travel industry in Washington, including public policies related to the BP oil spill, the discouragement of corporate meetings and events, the H1N1 outbreak and enactment of the Travel Promotion Act, America’s first-ever …

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Travel Industry Hails Senate Effort to Improve Visa Processing For Foreign Visitors

Visa Interview Videoconference Pilot in Pending Senate Bill Will Help United States to Welcome More Visitors, Create Travel Jobs
Washington, DC – The U.S. Travel Association today praised Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for her tireless efforts and hailed the inclusion of a provision permitting the testing of secure visa videoconferencing for aspiring foreign visitors in the state and foreign operations appropriations bill.
“The deployment of videoconference capability for overseas travelers will go a long way in helping to achieve the President’s ambitious goal of doubling exports under his National Export Initiative,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “Conducting tourist visa interviews via secure, remote videoconferencing technology is a practical solution to offset …

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BP Oil Spill Impact on Gulf Travel Likely to Last 3 Years and Cost 22.7 Billion

U.S. Travel Outlines ‘Roadmap to Recovery,’ Calls for $500 Million Marketing Campaign to Save Jobs
Based on a landmark analysis of 25 recent natural and manmade disasters, Oxford Economics today projected that the effects of the BP oil spill on travel to the Gulf Coast are likely to last up to three years and cost the region $22.7 billion. An aggressive and comprehensive $500 million effort to attract visitors to the Gulf Coast could reduce the total economic impact by $7.5 billion.
“History and current trends indicate a potential $22.7 billion economic loss to the travel economies of the Gulf Coast states over the next three years,” said Adam Sacks, managing director of Oxford Economics USA. “One …

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