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Travel is a proven engine that drives our nation’s economy forward, creating good jobs for millions of Americans and contributing positively to our balance of trade. However, without an agreement in Washington that turns us back from the precipice of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” that powerful economic engine will soon sputter and stall. We commend the President and Congressional leaders who are showing a refreshing willingness to put aside partisan differences for the good of our country. We urge them to finish the work of averting this looming crisis without delay.
We all know some of the biggest travel headaches over the past decade have been long lines at immigration and customs and increased security at U.S. airports. Certainly we need to do everything we reasonably can to protect our nation, while not deterring law-abiding, freedom-loving citizens from traveling. This was my message to the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee when I testified there on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.
There’s a big problem in travel. The industry sees itself in silos, not as a collective, cohesive entity. How can we rally together, working across the private and public sectors, to unify the travel and tourism industry? I spoke about this at the inaugural World Travel & Tourism Council regional summit in Mexico (where I was lucky enough to sit next to legendary actor Robert Redford at dinner that night).