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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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Obama Administration Takes Step Toward Launching Travel Promotion Program

Travel Industry Applauds Rapid Progress, Commitment to Building Successful, Sustainable Program
The U.S. Travel Association applauded a move by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday that will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect a fee from select international visitors beginning September 8 for the purpose of funding America’s first-ever travel promotion program to attract more visitors to the United States. CBP will collect a $10 fee every two years from travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries via its Electronic System for Travel Authorization. The fee, which will fund up to 50 percent of America’s promotion activities, is a result of the Travel Promotion Act signed into law by President Obama in …

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