Trump Budget Kills Program Meant to Boost US Tourism

Trump Budget Kills Program Meant to Boost US Tourism
The Hill
Melanie Zanona
May 23, 2017

While the president’s budget is mostly just a messaging document and is unlikely to become law, travel advocates are sending a warning message about the impacts of gutting Brand USA.

"We find the Administration’s decision to discontinue funding of Brand USA to be short-sighted," said Peter Pantuso, president and CEO of the American Bus Association. 

"This proposal, coupled with executive order 13780, sets a dangerous precedent for the travel and tour industry in the United States, especially at a time when the growth of international tourism to the U.S. has slowed. The international tourism industry is key to President Trump’s number one priority — economic growth.”

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About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


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