Bill ends government shutdown, travel industry grateful

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) commended Congress on passage of legislation that ends the partial government shutdown and avoids breach of the debt ceiling.

“After 16 long days of uncertainty, the loss of $115.2 million in economic activity in the lodging industry and billions of dollars more in lost collective income and visitor spending, hoteliers across America are grateful Congress and the president have finally come to the table and passed a bipartisan bill to end the government shutdown,” said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president and CEO.

“We urge policymakers to take these next few months to engage in a serious dialogue to find a meaningful and long-lasting solution to the fiscal issues still facing this country — solutions that will allow the lodging industry to continue its role as a major driver of economic growth and job creation.”

Commenting on the end of the partial government shutdown, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said, “The shutdown's damage cannot be undone, but reopening the government will allow America's travel community to get back to work and continue to drive U.S. economic recovery.”

U.S. Travel claims that since the partial shutdown began Oct. 1, $152 million per day was lost in travel-related economic output.
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