2008 News Archive - Holidays - US travel sector in call to Obama

10 11 2008

The US travel industry is calling for the country's incoming president to harness the power of tourism to help the economy.

Roger Dow, president and chief executive of the Travel Industry Association, asked Barack Obama to help the small to medium-sized businesses that make up the bulk of the US travel industry, TravelMole reports.

He said that the travel industry is "uniquely positioned" in that it can help boost the nation's economy as well as improve perceptions of the US among people around the world.

"The international business people, students and tourists who visit the US each day are America's most effective diplomats," explained Mr Dow.

He added that people who have visited the US are three-quarters more likely to have a positive impression than those who have not.

The news comes as the US was named in third place in the Country Brand Index for 2008, finishing behind Australia and Canada.

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