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Roger Dow: "We will be the industry to bring America back. Travel is the front door to economic development"

  • Roger Dow: "We will be the industry to bring America back. Travel is the front door to economic development"
    U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow and other industry leaders met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Roger Dow: "We will be the industry to bring America back. Travel is the front door to economic development"
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 U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow shared the latest data showing that travel-related unemployment in the U.S. is now at 51%—more than double the worst national unemployment rate recorded during the Great Depression (25%).

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow and other industry leaders met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday at a roundtable on the hard-hit travel and tourism sector, afterward expressing appreciation for the vice president’s attentiveness to the industry’s concerns and needs.

 U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow shared the latest data showing that travel-related unemployment in the U.S. is now at 51%—more than double the worst national unemployment rate recorded during the Great Depression (25%).

“It’s a difficult time in every corner of the country, but the pandemic has been particularly dire for the American travel industry, which before the crisis supported 15.8 million jobs and $2.5 trillion in annual economic activity,” Dow said.

Roger Dow: "We will be the industry to bring America back. Travel is the front door to economic development."

Dow’s interaction with Pence touched on the full scope of travel’s economic reach and its deep interconnectedness with sectors such as restaurants, retail and transportation. At the meeting, Dow summarized for Pence the travel industry’s most immediate policy needs, including:

Limited, temporary, and immediate protection from coronavirus-related liability for reopening travel businesses that follow proper health and safety guidelines;
Expanded relief under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other vehicles so travel businesses can remain open until a recovery; and
Stimulative measures once the recovery begins, such as direct travel promotion funding, and the entertainment and dining deduction and “Explore America” tax credit.