Hotel, Travel Industries Join Forces to Urge Congressional Action on Zika Funding
September 7, 2016 11:51am
AH&LA, U.S. Travel Association Say Failure ‘Jeopardizes Health and Economy’
Washington, D.C. – September 7, 2016 – The U.S. travel industry joined forces today, urging Congress to immediately approve emergency funding to address the increased threat of the Zika virus. Together, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and U.S. Travel Association sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging swift action to help halt the virus’ spread and assist the agencies dealing with its impact. The letter was signed by 127 hotels, state tourism offices and other travel organizations.
“The health, safety and security of our guests and employees is paramount to the hotel industry, as it should be to members of Congress,” said AH&LA president and CEO Katherine Lugar. “As the threat of the Zika virus grows, petty politics and Congressional gridlock shouldn’t get in the way of approving the necessary funding to support new research, vaccines, and advanced solutions to mosquito control.”
“I've been all over Florida and the country listening to people's concerns about Zika, and no one can comprehend why the U.S. Congress has left this unaddressed,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “What's most perverse is that the hold-up isn't even about the funding amount – it's about using legislative procedure to score political points in an election year. This is an 'only in the Beltway' moment if there ever was one.”
The letter says, in part: “A failure by Congress to act quickly jeopardizes not only our citizens’ health, but also the U.S. economy. The number of individuals infected with the Zika virus has grown and there have been multiple instances of local transmission. The impact to the travel industry will have adverse and wide spread economic ramifications…. Funding for Zika efforts will ramp up local responses to the growing threat, support an acceleration of research and development on vaccines as well as advanced approaches to mosquito control. According to the National Institutes of Health and CDC, money will run out at the end of September so it is imperative that Congress makes funding a first priority when it returns from August recess.”
For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations for travelers or http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.
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Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 2 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry of more than 54,000 properties generating $176 billion in annual sales from 5 million guestrooms. Visit www.ahla.com.
Contact: Katie Longo
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15.1 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit www.ustravel.org.
Contact: Jamie Morris
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