The group discussed new ways to boost U.S. tourism as part of the President’s economic develop strategy
WASHINGTON DC, May 22, 2014 – Tom Klein, CEO and President of Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), and a small group of travel and tourism industry leaders met with President Barack Obama today to discuss ways to accelerate U.S. travel and tourism, one of the most significant elements of the President’s economic development strategy.
As part of today’s meeting, the President directed his administration to partner with the travel and tourism industry to encourage more international visitors to the U.S., including specific steps to improve accessibility and service levels at U.S. airports.
The President has also called on Brand USA the country’s nonprofit travel promotion corporation, to work with federal agencies to increase demand for travel to the U.S.
Brand USA is also promoting the country in traditional and emerging markets with representation in nearly 20 international markets.
“We applaud the President for his ardent support of the travel and tourism industry as one of the most valuable growth engines of the American economy,” said Tom Klein, CEO and President of Sabre Corporation. “In partnership with the President, Brand USA has exceeded everyone’s expectations in accelerating the volume of international visitors to the United States, adding $7.4 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013 alone.”
Klein has worked with Brand USA since its inception in 2010 and currently serves as the organization’s vice chairman.
Among the administration’s new steps to jump start international visitors to the U.S., is expediting the entry process for travelers, starting at the 15 largest airports. Officials will use Dallas-Ft. Worth International and Chicago O’Hare airports as examples of how travel industry and airport teams worked together to successfully reduce wait times for international travelers through expedited customs processes and using automated kiosks for passport checks.
Learn more about the President’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy.
Sabre® is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, such as passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, and flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, processing over $100 billion of estimated travel spend in 2013 by connecting travel suppliers to their most valued customers, the business traveler. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 60 countries around the world.
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