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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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