The U.S. Travel Association commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing emergency relief funding for states and local governments as well as businesses and families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
"Travel is a key driver of the economy in many of the areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "Previous disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have taught us an important lesson: One of the fastest roads to recovery is to restore travel and send a clear message that an impacted region is open for business."
U,S. Travel cited a 2010 study conducted by Oxford Economics that found that natural disasters can cause enduring economic hardships on travel and tourism. An analysis of previous hurricanes found that impacted regions experience below normal traveler levels for an average of 10 to 27 months, which leads to sustained job and revenue loss for travel businesses.