U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow expressed optimism that Donald Trump would follow through on his campaign promises to improve infrastructure and said he was confident the president-elect's business and hotelier background would make him receptive to travel industry issues.

"Mr. Trump demonstrated throughout his campaign that travel and infrastructure issues have his attention, and we stand ready to advise his administration on achieving his stated aims in these areas," Dow stated. "We are encouraged that Mr. Trump's extensive business and hospitality background -- not to mention that travel accounts for 10% of all U.S. exports and creates jobs in every single congressional district -- will make him a ready and receptive ear for our agenda."

In his victory speech on Wednesday, Trump said, "We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."

Dow said that Trump had "explicitly highlighted the challenges facing our nation's airports and our aviation security system on his path to the White House. He has voiced great enthusiasm for modernizing our roads, rails and airports with his promise to invest $500 billion in infrastructure reform."

Dow added that U.S. Travel has worked successfully with presidents "on both sides of the aisle" to promote travel.

"Our bipartisan track record, and deep ties to lawmakers across the political spectrum, ensures that our voice will remain heard over the next four years," he said. 

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