Hotel Industry Urges Congressional Reauthorization Of Brand USA
Statement of support submitted to Senate subcommittee on behalf of 1.8 million-employee industry
A letter submitted to the Subcommittee by AH&LA and 38 state lodging associations in advance of the hearing notes that Brand USA’s efforts in 2013 resulted in:
- 1.1 million additional visitors to the U.S. who spent
- $3.4 billion on travel and purchases, resulting in
- $7.4 billion in total sales, which supported over
- 53,000 new U.S. jobs, and generated
- $1 billion in total sales tax revenue.
Brand USA is the public-private entity created to promote the U.S. and attract and welcome international tourists. In 2012, international visitors contributed $180.7 billion in travel spending, supporting 14.6 million jobs in all 50 states.
A copy of the lodging industry letter to Chairman Schatz and Ranking Member Scott is attached.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $155.5 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms
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