WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Bus Association president Peter Pantuso and senior vice president Clyde Hart attended a Washington, D.C. event where Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released details of the new National Travel and Tourism Strategy.
The ABA supports the measure because it believes that “tourism, particularly domestic tourism, is key to a strong and vibrant economy,” the association said in a press release. In 2011, U.S. and international travelers spent $807 billion that generated $1.2 trillion in total economic activity and supported 7.6 million American jobs.
The strategy offers several ways to improve domestic and international tourism opportunities, and the ABA agrees with all of them, in particular:
- Improve visitor services at federally managed sites.
- Foster a skilled hospitality and tourism industry workforce labor.
- Support small business in travel and tourism.
“The motorcoach, tourism and travel industry has tens of thousands of jobs, many in companies run by small- and medium-sized, family-owned businesses,” Pantuso said in a press release. “[The ABA is] very pleased with the [national travel and tourism strategy] report and we will do our part to continue to promote and grow the U.S. tourism industry, especially when it comes to domestic tourism.