Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, applauded the Senate's confirmation of Charlotte, NC Mayor Anthony Foxx to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
"Through his experience as Mayor of Charlotte, Foxx knows first-hand the economic power of travel and its dependence on efficient, connected infrastructure. He is an ideally qualified leader to take the helm at the Department of Transportation, and his tenure comes at a critical time," Dow said.
"As travel continues to grow and drive economic recovery, the demands placed on America's travel infrastructure are being pushed to the limit. For travelers to be able to travel safely and efficiently, we need to modernize our roads and highways and increase investments in intercity passenger rail. Additionally, to reach the President's goal of welcoming 100 million annual overseas visitors by 2021, we must allow airports to raise more revenue for infrastructure improvements and continue progress on the NextGen air traffic control system. Most importantly, America's transportation systems require more focused attention from Washington to ensure that the United States remains competitive and connected," Dow said.
"We look forward to working with Foxx to advance critical travel and economic issues and, again, applaud the Senate for confirming him to serve in President Obama's cabinet," Dow said.