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Travel Tech Statement: Congress, White House Should Work Together to Reopen Government


Travel Tech on January 25, 2019

Travel Tech Calls on Congress, White House to Work Together to Reopen Government

Arlington, VA – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the trade association for the online travel industry, released the following statement in response to the ongoing federal government shutdown and its growing impact on the online travel industry:

"As the federal government’s partial shutdown enters its second month, the Travel Technology Association calls on Congress and the White House to do what is necessary to reopen the government. Our member companies are at the forefront of the travel industry, which supports over 15 million jobs and influences over a trillion dollars of the US economy.

“With each passing day, uncertainty over delays at airports or access to national parks and historic sites will undoubtedly begin to seep into the decisions made by would-be leisure and business travelers. With travel plans for summer vacations traditionally spiking at this time of year, many families may choose not to travel at all, harming the many thousands of small businesses and their employees throughout the country that depend on the travel and tourism economy. For these reasons, it is imperative that Congress and the White House immediately move to reopen the federal government for the benefit of the US economy and the dedicated American workers affected by the shutdown.”

This statement can be attributed to Travel Tech's President Steve Shur.

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. We represent the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms.