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U.S. Travel Association Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 2, 2017
FROM THE DESK OF ROGER DOW

Dear Board Colleagues:

As mentioned at last week’s board of directors meeting, we continue to take steps to engage the Administration on key industry priorities. Earlier today, along with a handful of respected corporate CEOs representing millions of American workers, I had the opportunity to meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding Open Skies.

The group directly expressed how the government’s Open Skies agreements—particularly those with Qatar and the UAE—benefit the U.S. economy, our nation’s trade balance and American jobs. It was a productive conversation and we appreciate Secretary Tillerson for seeking the full picture on this critical topic. I am encouraged by the Administration’s thoughtful and deliberative approach on the matter.

Today’s discussion at State is a positive development in our ongoing efforts to preserve Open Skies. Since 2015, U.S. Travel—with many of you—have sought to protect these pro-connectivity, pro-growth, pro-traveler agreements not only because tampering with the policy would further limit airline competition and restrict consumer choice, but also because such a move would be detrimental to our economy and result in lost American jobs and fewer connections to underserved markets.

I will keep you apprised of developments on this issue.

Sincerely,

Roger

Roger J. Dow
President and CEO

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