Visit U.S. Backs Brand USA Funding Bill

The Visit U.S. Coalition, which includes ASAE, applauded the introduction of legislation this week to reauthorize the funding mechanism for Brand USA, the public-private entity tasked with marketing the U.S. as a destination to international visitors. Without reauthorization, Brand USA’s funding is set to expire at the end of the year because of the budget… Read more »

U.S. Probing Visa Applicants’ Social Media

The State Department is now requiring visa applicants to submit information about their social media accounts as part of a more extensive screening process that will affect about 15 million foreigners seeking to enter the United States each year. The new requirement, which went into effect last Friday, applies to virtually all applicants for immigrant… Read more »

Visit U.S. Coalition Supports JOLT Act

ASAE and other members of the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded legislation introduced last week to promote international travel to the U.S. and bolster job creation and economic activity. The “Jobs Originating through Launching Travel” (JOLT) Act was introduced by Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Tom Rice (R-SC). The bill includes reforms to U.S. visa laws… Read more »

Visit U.S. Coalition Urges Brand USA Reauthorization

The Visit U.S. Coalition is circulating a sign-on letter urging lawmakers to reauthorize Brand USA, the public-private partnership established by Congress to market and promote the U.S. as a destination. Brand USA has proven effective in drawing international visitors to the U.S., working with more than 800 partner organizations to generate $17.7 billion in visitor… Read more »

Travel CEOs Outline Concerns for Trump

U.S. Travel Association officials and CEOs from 13 USTA member companies met with President Trump and senior administration officials at the White House Sept. 4 to discuss the economic impact of travel and tourism and the importance of inbound travel to trade deficit reduction. The conversation focused on ways the administration and the travel industry… Read more »