2017 Mercury and Destiny Awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star recipients announced at the 34th annual ESTO conference

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Sep-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The U.S. Travel Association announced the recipients of the 2017 Mercury and Destiny Awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star during its 34th annual ESTO conference, held August 26-29 in Minneapolis. Twenty-eight U.S. Travel members were honored for excellence and creative accomplishment in destination marketing and… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings Inc. recognized by several prestigious industry organizations in 2016

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Jan-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Enterprise Holdings Inc. – which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands – was recognized by several prestigious industry organizations in 2016 as a travel industry partner of choice among leisure travelers, road warriors and travel buyers. Enterprise Holdings’ integrated global network… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association announces Utah’s Vicki Varela as 2016 State Tourism Director of the Year at its annual ESTO conference

BOCA RATON, FLA., 2016-Aug-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Vicki Varela of the Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding has been named national State Tourism Director of the Year for 2016. Varela was announced as the winner before more than 800 of her peers at the U.S. Travel Association’s annual ESTO conference, held this… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index: strong dollar continues its cooling effect on the inbound international travel market

WASHINGTON, 2016-Mar-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Overall growth in the travel sector of the U.S. economy has leveled off but remains in positive territory, mainly thanks to a leisure travel market buoyed by strong wages and low gas prices, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s monthly Travel Trends Index (TTI). Meanwhile, the strong dollar continues its… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association survey: Labor Day Travelers will pour $13.5 billion into the U.S. economy

But Infrastructure Woes Leave Another $1.7 Billion on the Table WASHINGTON, 2015-9-3 — /Travel PR News/ — Each American taking a trip for the Labor Day long weekend is expected to spend an average of $380 on goods and services, according to a survey and analysis released by the U.S. Travel Association. With AAA projecting that 35.5… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow on the new public-private Centennial Challenge Fund to address critical parks funding priorities

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-3 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on an Obama Administration proposal to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by establishing a new public-private Centennial Challenge Fund to address critical funding priorities: “Our national parks reflect America’s heritage and include some… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association comments on news from the U.S. Commerce Department that inbound international visitation to US reached a new high in 2014

WASHINGTON, 2015-3-12 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow comments on news from the U.S. Commerce Department that inbound international visitation to the United States reached a new high in 2014: “This latest international visitation figure is the fruit of a lot of hard work by the American travel community and… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association comments on the spring travel forecast from Airlines for America

WASHINGTON, 2015-3-12 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow comments on the spring travel forecast from Airlines for America: “We obviously welcome the projection of increased travel demand over the next two years, which jibes with our own data. But just because the lines are longer at the DMV than ever… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow: We urge leaders in both chambers of Congress to quickly arrive at a consensus that ensures DHS remains open and fully funded

WASHINGTON, 2015-2-27 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the impasse over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): “We urge leaders in both chambers of Congress to quickly arrive at a consensus that ensures DHS remains open and fully funded. “The travel sector of… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association’s senior VP for research and economics David Huether: Travel continues to be a major force in overall export growth for the economy

WASHINGTON, 2014-12-8 — /Travel PR News/ — David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s U.S. employment and exports numbers: “The Labor Department announced today that the U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November–the highest monthly increase since early 2012 – with widespread gains in all sectors, while… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow issues statement on survey released by Open Allies for Airfare Transparency

Washington, D.C., 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on a survey released by Open Allies for Airfare Transparency finding that large numbers of consumers want more upfront information about ancillary airline ticket fees: “Quite simply, the travel industry is all about policies that get more people… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association SVP for research and economics comments on trade data released by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis

Washington, D.C., 2014-9-5 — /Travel PR News/ — David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, comments on today’s trade data released by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis: “Although travel exports edged down slightly in July to $19.1 billion, travel imports remained essentially unchanged at $12.4 billion,… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association awarded the winners of Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star at 2014 ESTO conference

South Dakota’s Jim Hagen Named 2014 State Tourism Director of the Year LOUISVILLE, KY, 2014-8-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Winners of the 2014 Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star were announced during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual ESTO conference held this week in Louisville. Mercury and Destiny Awards… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Effect initiative study: Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with lack of employer support keeps Americans from taking time off

“Work Martyr Complex” Emerges at Expense of Americans’ Health and Well-Being WASHINGTON, D.C., 2014-8-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using the time off they have earned, according to the new study, “Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow comments on the ‘Real Transparency in Airfares Act’

Washington, D.C., 2014-5-7 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to the announced introduction of the ‘Real Transparency in Airfares Act’ by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): “I’m encouraged that members of both chambers continue to work on the airfare transparency issue, because so far there hasn’t… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association announced the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act garnered 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C., 2014-04-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The U.S. Travel Association today announced that the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, H.R. 1354, has garnered 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, roughly split between the two parties. The announcement came on the heels of new research showing that the Visa Waiver Program (VWP),… Read the full press release

Nearly 1,400 international and domestic travel buyers attended the U.S. Travel Association’s 46th annual IPW

Chicago, IL, 2014-04-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Nearly 1,400 international and domestic travel buyers, the highest since 2001, attended the U.S. Travel Association’s 46th annual IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace. This week more than 6,200 travel suppliers and buyers from over 70 countries, including 500 international and domestic media, convened in Chicago at… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association welcomes Chile to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Washington, D.C., 2014-3-4 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement in response to Friday’s announcement that the Republic of Chile will enter the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP): “To all of our soon-to-be guests from the beautiful nation of Chile, we in the American travel community say:… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association VP David Huether provides analysis on the latest trade data released by the Department of Commerce

Washington, DC, US, 2014-1-9 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on the latest trade data released by the Department of Commerce: “Travel exports rose to $15.3 billion in November 2013, increasing for the eighth time in the past eleven months. “International travel spending… Read the full press release

Las Vegas’s travel and tourism industry leaders attend Connecting America Through Travel (CATT) conference in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C., United States, 2013-11-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leaders from Las Vegas’s travel and tourism industry and business community participated in today’s inaugural Connecting America Through Travel (CATT) conference in Washington D.C. The forum was organized by the U.S. Travel Association and was co-chaired by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter, former chairman… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA launched new broadcast/production programme at IPW conference in Chicago, Illinois

Washington, DC, 2013-11-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association, in conjunction with premier partner Brand USA (the official tourism marketing organisation for the United States of America), has announced the launch of a new broadcast/production programme at the annual IPW conference in Chicago, Illinois. The brand new element for IPW Chicago 2014 will allow broadcast and… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association commissioned study says traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective

Cancelling Participation in Meetings and Conferences Can Cost U.S. Taxpayers More in the Long Run Washington, D.C., 2013-07-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective, according to a new study conducted by Rockport Analytics for the U.S. Travel Association. In contrast, cancelling government participation in key events carries significant… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow comments on TSA’s new TSA Pre™ Enrollment Options at Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International Airports

Washington, D.C., 2013-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement applauding the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its announcement of a new program at Washington Dulles and Indianapolis International Airports to allow Americans to enroll directly in Pre™, TSA’s trusted traveler program for domestic air… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Commends U.S. Senate for approving Immigration Bill which recognizes the importance of travel

Landmark Legislation Will Deliver Increased Economic Opportunity and Jobs to Communities Across America by Encouraging More Travel To and Within the United States 2013-07-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Washington, D.C. – Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, today released the following statement commending the U.S. Senate for approving S. 744, the Border Security, Economic… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association urges U.S. senators to approve S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today urged U.S. senators to approve S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. As part of an historic opportunity to enact meaningful immigration reform, the legislation includes significant measures to improve the visa process and facilitation of air travelers coming to the United… Read the full press release

Seasoned Capitol Hill Staffer Courtney Temple appointed U.S. Travel Director of Government Relations

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today announced that Courtney Temple is the association’s new director of government relations, where she will strengthen the team’s efforts to advance policies that increase travel to and within the United States. The newest addition to U.S. Travel’s expanding government relations office, Temple joins the association… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association Announced the 2014 Through 2020 IPW Host Cities across U.S.

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today announced locations for its next seven annual IPW marketplaces, locking in host cities that span America through 2020. Future host cities are: Chicago, Illinois – 2014 (last hosted in 1998) Orlando, Florida – 2015 (last hosted in 2010) Miami, Florida – 2016 (last hosted in 2009)… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association: 45th annual IPW Expected to Generate $3.5 Billion in Future U.S. Travel

U.S. Travel Association’s 2013 IPW Marketplace Sets Attendance Records Largest Generator of Travel to the U.S. Expected to Generate $3.5 Billion in Future U.S. Travel 2013-06-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Travel Association announced record-setting attendance at the 45th annual IPW (formerly International Pow Wow), the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to… Read the full press release

The U.S. Travel Association Praised Rep. Mark Amodei On Travel-Related Legislative Initiatives For Economic Growth

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today applauded U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) for his leadership on travel-related legislative initiatives for economic growth. Topping that agenda is the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Rep. Amodei that would leverage the benefits of inbound international travel to the… Read the full press release

Leading Provider of Travel Insurance Solutions Offers Tips for Keeping Family Vacations Running Smoothly

Travel Guard Celebrates Summer Family Travel In Conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week Stevens Point, Wis., 2013-05-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — In a recent survey from the U.S. Travel Association, 93 percent of kids aged 8 to 18 see family travel as a chance to spend quality time with their parents.1 Today, on National Travel & Tourism Week’s… Read the full press release