Government Issues

Motorcoach, travel associations urge immediate end to government shutdown

Posted on January 17, 2019

Elliot P.
Elliot P.

A number of group tour and travel associations, including the American Bus Association, the United Motorcoach Association, and the International Motorcoach Group, came together this week to urge Congress and the Administration to end the government shutdown immediately and end the harmful economic effects to the U.S. and its tourism industry.

The statement reads:

“On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we urge Congress and the Administration to work together to immediately end the partial government shutdown,” the statement said. “This shutdown is unnecessarily causing harm to the nation’s economy. We recognize that neither side wants to concede to the other, but this prolonged political fight will have negative impacts on the country — and our industries — for months and possibly years to come. Our members are already experiencing hardships and loss of revenue from the shutdown.

“According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, in 2017 travel generated $2.4 trillion for the U.S. economy and supported 15.6 million jobs. Our various tour and travel organizations play a key role in generating that economic impact. Not only are the 800,000 federal workers impacted, but some of the most visited tourist attractions in our nation are closed — including various National Parks, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo. The National Parks system is already experiencing a maintenance backlog and now the shutdown compromises park services, visitor safety, and maintenance. No business is unaffected by this government shutdown.

“We call on Congress and the Administration to act swiftly to reopen the government to get our fellow Americans back to work and keep our economy growing.”

The other associations supporting the letter included the National Tour Association, the United States Tour Operators Association, the International Inbound Travel Association, Ontario Motor Coach Association, and the Student Youth Travel Association.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Feds make $900M available in BUILD grants for infrastructure

Selection criteria encompass safety, economic competitiveness, quality of life, and state of good repair.

Chicago becomes largest U.S. city to commit to 100% clean energy

The resolution also calls for complete electrification of Chicago Transit Authority’s bus fleet by 2040.

FTA allocates $1.36B in CIG funding for 16 new, existing projects

The agency has advanced funding for 22 new CIG projects throughout the nation since Jan. 20, 2017.

Greater Dayton RTA chief tapped to lead Bus Coalition

Mark Donaghy was voted into the position on March 17, at an annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.

Mayor announces plan to create Atlanta's first city DOT

Announcement starts a period of assessing and developing the organizational and reporting structure of the eventual department.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation