Travel is the Backbone of America's Economy
The travel industry is a vital economic engine that powers economies, enriches communities across the country and is a catalyst for our nation’s global competitiveness.
On The Campaign Trail
We’re taking our message on the road to demonstrate firsthand the tangible impact that travel has on local communities and businesses across America.
Our Recent Stops
From local roundtables with elected officials to back-of-house tours and more, our campaign organizes a variety of events that spotlight the many ways that travel works for America.
U.S. Travel took its Roadshow to Detroit, Michigan highlighting the vast economic impact of travel across the state and the significant role of transportation and mobility in the future of travel.
U.S. Travel hosted Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) for a Travel Works Power Hour in Savannah—using the opportunity to share the essential impact travel has on the local economy.
Following stops in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, the final DMV Travel Works stop was in Old Town Alexandria, VA, which featured a tour through the historic city with Visit Alexandria as well as a surprise visit from Councilman John Chapman.
During the first stop of the relaunched Travel Works Campaign, a branded food truck served coffee and donuts—along with a message that travel fuels the American economy—to morning commuters, Capitol Hill staffers and more than 20 members of Congress.
Following the Capitol Hill stop, U.S. Travel hit the road to visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor—where representatives from U.S. Travel, Visit Baltimore and the National Aquarium handed out refreshments and spread the word about travel’s role in powering Charm City.
North Muskegon, MI
U.S. Representative John Moolenaar (MI-2) joined a group of travel industry leaders for a Travel Works Power Hour event in Muskegon Luge Adventure Sports Park.
Las Vegas, NV
U.S. Representative Dina Titus (NV-01) joined a group of travel industry leaders for a Travel Works Power Hour event during IMEX at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Niagara Falls, NY
Travel industry leaders met with Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) to highlight how pro-travel policies can create jobs, bolster our industry and drive economic development both locally and nationally.
Tourism leaders and other local community members held a virtual roundtable with Rep. David Trone (MD-06), noting their desire to expand and extend COVID relief programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program among others.
Kansas City, KS
Travel industry leaders and members of the local community held a virtual roundtable event with Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) where the group discussed travel issues related to the then-novel COVID-19 pandemic, including the stark decrease in traveler spending.
Glacier Country, MT
The virtual Travel Talk (now Travel Works Power Hour) with Senator Daines primarily explored the COVID-19 pandemic’s early impact on inbound domestic travel and the Montana travel industry.
Oklahoma City, OK
Community members and leaders from the Oklahoma travel and tourism industry held a roundtable with former Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK) at the Science Museum Oklahoma to thank the Congresswoman for her support of Brand USA and to provide insights into the travel industry’s economic impact in the area.
New Albany, IN
The Braun Travel Talk (now Travel Works Power Hour) took place at the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany, IN where the group of travel leaders discussed the economic impact of tourism as well as their support for Brand USA reauthroization.
U.S. Travel brought its Travel Works Roadshow to Columbus, OH in 2019 with a daylong series of events spotlighting travel’s impact on a local, regional and national level.
St. Louis, MO
U.S. Travel kicked off its Travel Works Roadshow in St. Louis in 2019 with a daylong series of events spotlighting travel’s impact on a local, regional and national level.
U.S. Representative Cole was very appreciative of the meeting with the group of state and local travel industry leaders. Several attendees talked about how partnerships with Brand USA has led to greater ability to promote travel. The Congressman agreed to join the bill on the spot.
The Travel Works Power Hour in Nashville, Indiana with Congressman Hollingsworth focused on creating new opportunities and awareness for rural destinations.
Las Vegas, NV
During a roundtable with Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) at the Delano Las Vegas, local travel leaders and community members discussed how it is particularly important that Nevada receives its full share of federal infrastructure funds as it is a state that relies heavily on tourists driving and flying into the area.
Virginia Beach, VA
During a roundtable at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, former Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and local travel leaders discussed the development of a new 285,000-square-foot state-of-the-art sports center.
Visit Seattle, the Port of Seattle, Expedia, and other local travel leaders held a roundtable with Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) to discuss how infrastructure investments, like Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport’s new International Arrivals Facility helped the airport expand international air service.
U.S. Representative Colin Allred (TX-32) joined a group of travel industry leaders for a roundtable event at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Coral Gables, FL
During a roundtable at the historic Biltmore Hotel, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau held a roundtable discussion with former Rep. Donna Shalala and a diverse group of leaders from Florida's tourism industry to discuss the importance of travel to Miami's economy.
During a roundtable discussion with Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), local travel businesses, organizations and community members and organizations discussed how roller coasters could draw enthusiasts from around the country to Gurnee and boost economic growth for both Six Flags and various local businesses.
Spotlighting Travel’s Essential Role Across Key Issues
Travel plays a critical role in our nation’s economic success, supporting local communities and powering connections for Americans, businesses and industries alike. A strong travel industry depends on advancing key priorities to enable a prosperous and innovative future.
Travel drives economic growth and job creation in states, destinations and communities across America — and is indispensable to our nation’s global competitiveness.
Today’s traveler demands a more sustainable and reliable travel experience than ever before. To meet it, we must seize the opportunity to modernize America’s infrastructure, invest in new modes of transportation and promote responsible actions that better connect Americans to each other and the world.
Efficiency & Security
Delivering a more efficient and safe travel experience requires eliminating unnecessary friction and implementing more innovative technology across the entire air travel system.
Commerce & Connection
The rise of virtual and hybrid work options has transformed the way we do business—but does not replace the benefit of convening in-person, which drives innovation, commerce, relationship building and ingenuity for every industry.
An Industry with Impact
Travel is Indispensable
A robust travel industry stimulates growth, strengthens communities, creates jobs and elevates the quality of life for Americans everywhere.
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WJR Detroit | 09/10/2023
Detroit Travel Works: Geoff Freeman and Claude Molinari
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Fox 2 Detroit | 09/05/2023
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