Key Speaker

The Honorable Steve Daines

U.S. Senator (R-MT)

Key Topics

  • Stimulus needs
  • COVID-19 pandemic-related travel restrictions
  • Economic impacts of COVID-19
  • Federal programs to support small travel businesses and employees.

Discussion Summary

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 Montana travel in general. The main purpose of the discussion was to provide Sen. Daines with a comprehensive overview of the travel business contraction, including international, domestic, and workforce concerns spurred by pandemic-related travel restrictions. Stimulus related matters were brought up consistently throughout the conversation, as it was clear that Sen. Daines thoroughly understood the health and business implications that the pandemic brought upon the travel industry. The opportunity to expand and increase the use of Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Department of Treasury programs were essential to keeping travel businesses operating and employees safe.


  • Tori Emerson Barnes, U.S. Travel Association
  • Will Brown, U.S. Travel Association
  • Racene Friede, Glacier Country Tourism
  • Dax Schieffer, Voices of Montana Tourism
  • Patty White, Montana Office of Tourism

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