Top travel industry executives gathered at the White House on Tuesday for the U.S. Travel Association's first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta and Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian were among the Roosevelt Room attendees, as well as executives from Universal, Enterprise, Wyndham, InterContinental Hotels Group and other members of U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable.

U.S. Travel said that President Trump and the industry leaders discussed travel's "essential contributions to the U.S. economy and job creation, and the importance of international inbound travel to trade deficit reduction."

"Our discussion with the president was simple: a strong flow of international business and leisure travelers into the U.S. reduces the trade deficit and creates an outsize number of American jobs," U.S. Travel CEO Roger Dow said in a statement.

Dow added that Trump was "receptive to the idea that travel growth can be achieved without compromising security."

U.S. Travel said that among the policies discussed to help improve inbound travel were expanding and enhancing secure visa policies, supporting the renewal of Brand USA (the nation's destination marketing organization), and transportation infrastructure.

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