Statement of the American Hotel & Lodging Association in Honor of Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii)

2012-12-27 — / — Senator Daniel Inouye was a leader in so many facets of Congress, but we will remember him particularly for his role as a true innovator for the travel and tourism industry.  Senator Inouye held the first congressional hearings on the importance of tourism to the U.S. economy, ensuring bipartisan support that is still going strong today.  He co-sponsored the Travel Promotion Act which led to the creation of Brand USA, a public-private partnership designed to promote the United States as a premier travel destination.

Thanks to the foresight and support of Senator Inouye, the tourism and hospitality industries are among the strongest in the country, employing over 7.6 million people in the United States.  As Congress pays tribute to Senator Inouye today, the American Hotel & Lodging Association thanks Senator Inouye for his service to our country, his patriotism, and his thoughtful leadership.

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