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
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.