U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on increased screening for inbound U.S. air passengers due to overseas security concerns:
"The U.S. travel community's default position is that safety and security need to be the top priorities in air travel policy. If our national security apparatus has actionable intelligence on potential threats, we support near-term measures to mitigate any problems and ensure the uninterrupted functioning of our air travel infrastructure.
"We urge any and all relevant federal agencies to give travelers to the U.S. as much information as possible about what to expect and how to prepare for the enhanced measures. We and our private-sector stakeholders are doing the same. Brand USA, our national destination marketing organization, is to be commended for actively engaging travelers through online messaging and helping spread the word in key markets abroad.
“The traveling public is resilient and adaptable. Through many similar threats in the past, inbound travel to the U.S. has always continued to grow, to a record 70 million visitors last year. If there is any disruption to travel volume at all, we expect it will be temporary and negligible."
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 14.9 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.