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Travelers, Travel Industry Big Winners in Omnibus

Washington – Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Travel Association, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the government-wide funding bill: This includes the Comprehensive Travel and Tourism Act, which creates a new Undersecretary of Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This is a big win for travelers, the travel industry, and the American economy.
The idea of ​​creating a president-appointed, U.S. Senate-approved office to direct federal travel policy has been around for decades. Thanks to a bipartisan and bicameral group of congressional leaders, the US will join all of her G20 countries with travel-focused federal officials.

The Assistant Secretary will play a key role in working with the government to reduce visitor visa wait times, modernize security screening, and leverage new technologies to make travel more seamless and safe.

The American Travel Association would like to thank Senator Cantwell and Wicker Ranking Member, Travel and Tourism Subcommittee Chair Rosen, Senator R. Scott, Senator Sullivan, Representatives Titus and Kuster, and all sponsors of the bill. appreciate. Enactment of the Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act.

About the American Travel Association

The US Travel Association is a national non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. US travelers estimate that he will spend $1.1 trillion in 2022 (still 10% below his 2019 level). US Travel advocates for policies to accelerate a uniform recovery across the travel industry and restore growth in this economy and jobs, which are essential contributors to the nation’s success. Visit for information and recovery-related data.

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