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Published on Thursday, July 8, 2021

AmericanTours International joins industry-wide push to restart international travel






AmericanTours International (ATI) has joined with the U.S. Travel Association and 22 leading industry associations urging the Biden administration to take swift action and restart international travel.


U.S. Travel released the proposed framework to safely lift entry restrictions focusing on reserving restrictions for only the highest risk-countries and replacing all blanket travel restrictions with risk-based entry protocols. 


At the same time, 75 bipartisan Members of Congress wrote to President Biden asking for updated international travel rules.


ATI was asked to provide insight to develop the framework.


To acheive this it worked alongside leading trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Airlines for America, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the American Society of Travel Advisors, and the International Air Transport Association.


"The lifting of outdated and illogical international travel restrictions is critical not only for our industry, but for America's overall economy" said Noel Irwin Hentschel, ATI's CEO and board member of Brand USA.


"The restrictions put in place by the Trump Administration were ill-conceived from the start. President Biden has an opportunity with this blueprint to update them to make sense. Putting in place a risk-based framework is both good policy and will create thousands of good paying union jobs in top destinations for international travelers like New York and San Francisco."


According to U.S. Travel, each week that travel restrictions remain in place, the U.S. economy is losing $1.5 billion in spending just from Canada, the European Union, and the U.K.


This is sufficient alone to support 10,000 American jobs weekly.


U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said: "We have the knowledge and the tools we need to restart international travel safely, and it is past time that we use them."


Travel restrictions implemented last March by President Trump have not been updated despite the pace of vaccinations in top overseas markets like the UK completely changing their risk profile.


ATI along with the travel industry as a whole is urging the U.S. Government to put in place an updated framework for international travel by 15 July. 


 

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