The U.S. political system relies on voters. Now the travel industry will too. The U.S. Travel Association has launched a survey to uncover what this year's U.S. congressional candidates think about the travel industry. The effort follows the loss of more than 400,000 industry jobs since 2008 and an active period for the travel industry in Washington, D.C. (think BP oil spill funds, the vilification of corporate meetings, H1N1 and the new Travel Promotion Act).
“As Washington plays an increasingly active role in our business, it’s critical that our employees play a more active role in Washington,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “Our industry must become a force in all elements of the political process, not just when times are tough or when we need something from policymakers. Our 10 million employees can be tremendous allies to those who recognize the power of travel to create jobs, fund essential services and stimulate local economies.”
Under the new Power of Travel Coalition, U.S. Travel has extended invitations to more than 150 congressional candidates to submit a video or written answers to three questions chosen by travel industry employees during the month of August. The questions will be submitted to participating candidates by Sept. 13, and candidate responses will be posted at the Virtual Travel Town Hall on Oct. 4, one month prior to the elections.