US travel community plays its Trump card
I HAVE been attending the World Travel Market, a 3-day event held at the ExCeL London
This annual business-to-business travel and tourism event brings together representatives from all over the world, and offers journalists the opportunity to catch up on global trends in the market. The WTM Global Trends Report has been at the forefront of predicting major trends in the travel and tourism industry since its launch in 2006. I digress. Whilst there on Tuesday, there was a deal of twitching going on at some of the US stands as to the possible outcome of the US presidency debacle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Now we know the result, I was interested to receive news that the US travel community has congratulated President-elect Trump after most media outlets called the election in his favour on Tuesday night. U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow expressed optimism for the industry’s ability to work with a Trump administration on infrastructure and other key travel-related issues.
“I congratulate President-elect Trump on behalf of the U.S. travel and tourism community, and am confident that he will be a valuable ally in advancing some of our industry’s key priorities,” said Dow. “Mr Trump demonstrated throughout his campaign that travel and infrastructure issues have his attention, and we stand ready to advise his administration on achieving his stated aims in these areas. We are encouraged that Mr Trump’s extensive business and hospitality background—not to mention that travel accounts for 10 per cent of all US exports and creates jobs in every single congressional district—will make him a ready and receptive ear for our agenda. Mr Trump has explicitly highlighted the challenges facing our nation’s airports and our aviation security system on his path to the White House. He has voiced great enthusiasm for modernizing our roads, rails and airports with his promise to invest $500 billion in infrastructure reform. For 75 years, the US Travel Association has worked successfully with presidents on both sides of the aisle to promote travel, a top-10 job creator in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Our bipartisan track record, and deep ties to lawmakers across the political spectrum, ensures that our voice will remain heard over the next four years.”