Tells Senate Hearing on International Tourism that Brand USA Reauthorization and JOLT Act Passage Would Create 452,000 Jobs and Add $200 Billion to U.S. Economy
In testimony delivered before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said:
Members of the subcommittee echoed Dow's call for legislative action to further boost tourism's positive impact on the U.S. economy.
"Tourism and hospitality are areas where we can work together to create and keep jobs in the United States," said subcommittee chairman Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i). "The travel and tourism industry is a major economic driver and job creator across the country and especially in Hawai'i. It generates trillions of dollars in economic output and supports more than 14 million American jobs. Expanding our tourism industry and creating good jobs is going to take increased collaboration between the public and private sectors."
"Growing our nation’s travel and tourism industry is vital for our economy in South Carolina and across our country. In South Carolina alone, our tourism activity supports ten percent of all jobs and even more in places like Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville or Hilton Head," said ranking member Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). "As we look to bring 100 million visitors into the country annually by the end of 2021, what these hotels, activity operators, restaurants and shops really need is a partner in Washington, D.C. that isn’t overtaxing, over-regulating or otherwise standing in the way of their ability to grow."
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