The U.S. Travel Association has congratulated President-elect Joe Biden in his victory over President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States.
In a statement sent to Travel Agent, U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow said: “The American travel industry congratulates President-elect Joe Biden on his victory.
“We applaud President-elect Biden’s objective of helping the industries most heavily impacted by the pandemic. The travel industry accounts for more than a third of overall U.S. unemployment, and policies to promote relief, recovery and stimulus for travel businesses are integral to a U.S. economic turnaround.
“We share the emphasis on combatting the spread of COVID-19 expressed by the president-elect while building economic growth. The right combination of technologies and behaviors already exists to allow the restart of travel without compromising health and safety and making rapid and reliable testing more widely available will be a key element of an even broader economic reopening.
“There is a dire need to protect and sustain jobs in every single congressional district and enacting the policies to do that will require the political parties to come together. We stand ready to work closely with the Biden administration and both chambers of Congress to achieve policy goals that revive our economy and bring our country together—a hallmark of the travel industry.”
Last week, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) said it was unsure how the election outcome would affect its policy priorities. ASTA added that it was possible the “lame duck” Congress would not be in a rush to pass additional COVID-19 assistance and that this work could stall until January 2021 when the new Congress is installed.