USTOA MEMBERS HEAD TO CAPITOL HILL
FOR FOURTH ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS
NEW YORK – June 11, 2015 – Next week, The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) will lead a contingent of active and associate members to Washington, D.C. for strategic meetings with elected officials on government issues impacting the travel industry. The annual Congressional Caucus is scheduled for June 17-18, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel.
Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04) will open the morning session with welcome remarks,
followed by an update on current Cuba legislation from Senator John Boozman
(R-AR), an advocate for ending the embargo and reducing travel restrictions to
a longtime avid supporter of an ‘Open Borders’ policy and Cuba is one of the
top priorities for our meetings with members of Congress,” said Terry Dale,
president and CEO of USTOA. “With the recent vote in the House that would
reverse the loosening of travel restrictions to Cuba, our visit to Capitol Hill
couldn’t be timelier. USTOA fully supports both the Freedom to Travel to Cuba
Act (H.R. 664), as well as the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act (S. 491).”
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chair of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus will
provide an update on topics that include the JOLT Act (Jobs Originated through
Launching Travel). JOLT stresses the implementation of a system of reforms to
streamline and enhance current travel regulations into the U.S. from foreign countries. “The JOLT Act continues to be critically
important to international travelers and USTOA members,” Dale commented.
transportation front, USTOA will be briefed on the “Open Skies” policy by Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, State Dept., Thomas Engle. Key issues and updates from the U.S.
Department of Transportation (DOT) will be delivered by Blane Workie, acting assistant
general counsel, Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U.S.
Department of Transportation.
Vice President, Government Relations for the U.S. Travel Association, Patricia
Rojas-Ungár will present an overview on the U.S. travel industry and lead a
session focused on legislative priorities including continued funding of the
National Park Service Centennial.
Parks is another hot topic on our agenda with USTOA in support of all
legislation that helps restore and reinvest in these sacred American lands,”
added Dale. “With next year’s 100th anniversary and recent markups
on National Park Service bills, it’s a crucial time to be a part of the
Representing more than $13.5 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow nearly 8 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.
voice for the tour operator industry for more than 40 years, USTOA also
provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.
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