The National Tour Association (NTA) applauded the appointment of Rep. Roy Blunt, (R-MO), as co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus. Blunt joins Sam Farr, (D-CA), as co-chair for the 111th Congress.
“NTA has a long history with the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, and we welcome Rep. Blunt to his leadership position,” said NTA Chairman and CEO Michele Michalewicz. “The NTA Advocacy Team looks forward to working with Chairman Blunt and Chairman Farr to develop and enhance the travel and tourism economy. Blunt comes from a strong tourism background, and we hope he will serve the industry well as we face many new challenges.”
The NTA said has already reached out to Blunt by sending him a copy of the economic stimulus recommendations developed by participants of the Economic Summit of the Travel and Tourism Sector.
The NTA also noted that it has a long record of with the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus. NTA Legislative Counsel Jim Santini was a founder and the first secretary/treasurer of the caucus in the House of Representatives in 1978 and served from 1979-82. During Santini’s chairmanship, the caucus became the largest bipartisan Democrat/Republican caucus organization in the House of Representatives with more than 280 members, the NTA said. Under Santini’s leadership, the caucus led the legislative charge that produced the National Tourism Policy Act of 1981.