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Travel Groups Optimistic About Brand USA Funding

They are hard at work despite the threat of the government shutdown

Much of the debate leading up to a potential government shutdown this week centers on limiting entry to the U.S., with President Trump vowing to veto any funding bill that does not include $5 billion for a border wall. But one line item that travel advocates want to ensure stays a part of any budget plan involves a program that promotes America to the rest of the world.

The U.S. Travel Association and the Visit U.S. Coalition, among others, are angling for a renewal in funding for Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes the U.S. as an international travel destination.

“For the travel community, reauthorization of Brand USA remains the central priority for the remainder of the 115th Congress,” U.S. Travel Senior Vice President of Government Relations Tori Barnes wrote on the association’s website. “And thanks to the tireless work by our members and travel industry allies, our champions in Congress on both sides of the aisle, and our partners in the Visit U.S. Coalition, we are as well-positioned as we could possibly be to realize that goal, despite the fraught political landscape.”

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