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March 3, 2021 Headline News, Visit USA No Comments Email Email

“The relief package includes several provisions that will help accelerate the travel industry’s recovery from the devastating impacts of the virus. Among them: resources for vaccine distribution, airport funding, and Economic Development Administration grants.”   -Tori Emerson Barnes U.S. Travel

Recently In: U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 million jobs (pre-pandemic). U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the COVID relief package advancing through Congress:

“The relief package includes several provisions that will help accelerate the travel industry’s recovery from the devastating impacts of the virus. Among them: resources for vaccine distribution, airport funding, and Economic Development Administration grants.”

“Given the severity of the impact on the travel and tourism industry, more work remains to provide critical recovery and stimulus measures to safely restore our industry. While we appreciate that there is more money included for the PPP, that program needs to be extended past March 31 and the third draw on loans should be allowed for the hardest-hit businesses. We also call on Congress to pass the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act and to dedicate additional funding for travel promotion grants.

“The American travel industry lost half a trillion dollars and millions of jobs last year, and it is still far from clear when demand for travel will be able to return. Bringing travel jobs back will require a holistic, comprehensive policy approach to shorten the recovery trajectory, and we are looking at this relief bill as one important step.”

Further: In early February, U.S. Travel released statistics about staggering losses in the tourism and travel sectors of the USA.  “The decline in travel due to COVID-19 has devastated our economy and torn at the very fabric of our society. Our economy suffered a shocking impact—nearly $500 billion in lost travel spending, resulting in $64 billion in missed federal, state, and local tax revenue since the beginning of March.”  www.ustravel.org/system/files/media_root/document/Research_Fact-Sheet_Industry-Table.pdf

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.6 trillion in economic output and supports 15.8 million jobs (pre-pandemic). U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org.

 

  • submitted by Mark William Sheehan

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