Hotel Industry Urges Swift Passage of Key Tourism Promotion Legislation
Friday April 11th, 2014 - 10:22AM W
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WASHINGTON, DC—Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) have introduced legislation to extend the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 until FY 2020 and reauthorize Brand USA, a move the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) supports.
“While nearly every other nation around the world has an official program welcoming international tourists to their countries, the United States lacks a similar promotional program and therefore cannot maximize the number of visitors to this country,” stated Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. “Despite that, the outstanding work of Brand USA has resulted in a record 67 million international visitors to the U.S., and their $180.7 billion in travel spending supports 14.6 million jobs—a significant number of which are found in hotels, inns and resorts in cities and towns across the country. And all of this is done at absolutely no cost to the taxpayer. It is crucial that we build on this momentum and protect this valuable growth industry and job creator. With today’s legislation, Senators Klobuchar and Blunt and Congressmen Bilirakis and Welch have reinforced the true economic value of a strong, sustained program encouraging increased international tourism. We thank them for their leadership and urge both houses of Congress to move swiftly in approving these bills.”
Tags: AH&LA • Congress • Brand USA • Travel Promotion Act of 2009 • Hospitality •
When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.