Last week, tax bill language singling out foreign airlines was successfully removed from the legislation prior to approval. This provision would have ultimately inhibited competition and traveler choice in international aviation and we applaud the Senate for their wise decision.
U.S. Travel’s board met this week to address multiple issues related to travel and tourism, from America’s declining share of international travel to the role our industry plays in bringing relief and recovery following challenging situations.
Dozens of leaders representing major segments of the travel industry are urging lawmakers in both chambers of Congress to address much-needed enhancements in the aviation system. In a letter signed by 145 organizations, our industry asks lawmakers in the House and Senate to advance a Senate-passed approach to airport funding with a cap adjustment to the Passenger Facility Charge.
We continue to make inroads with the Trump administration, conducting meetings earlier this week with senior officials at the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Our discussions centered on our industry’s pro-connectivity, pro-growth and pro-traveler priorities, including the importance of Open Skies agreements and the value of Brand USA.
U.S. Travel is proud to join Tourism Cares and a dozen other industry organizations to speed recovery in communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Visit ustravel.org/hurricanerelief for ways to offer your support.