ArticleType: St. Pete News
Rep. Jolly Honored with Distinguished Travel Champion Award
U.S. Travel Association Honor Recognizes Leaders Advancing Strong Travel Policies Benefiting Their States, Districts and Nation
WASHINGTON (February 26, 2016)—Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) on Wednesday was named a recipient of a U.S. Travel Association Distinguished Travel Champion Award. The association recognized Jolly for his exceptional leadership in advancing policies that strengthen travel to and across America, including his work on airport modernization, strengthening the Visa Waiver Program and the renewal of Brand USA.
"Rep. Jolly has clearly demonstrated his commitment to advancing well-thought, sensible measures that keep our industry strong," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "We are privileged to honor him and all other Distinguished Travel Champions for their work, and hope that other political and government decision-makers will follow his lead in advocating for travel within their own districts, states, chambers and agencies."
U.S. Travel will present Jolly with his award on March 16 at the association's Destination Capitol Hill—the travel and tourism industry's premier fly-in event dedicated to educating policymakers about the power of travel, providing a forum for travel leaders to meet with members of Congress in Washington and showcasing the industry as one of America's strongest economic sectors. Jolly joins a roster of winners including Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this national award," said Rep. Jolly. "Tourism is vital to Florida's economy, from the Florida Keys and South Beach to the Space Coast and the Gulf beaches of the Panhandle. In the Tampa Bay area especially, tourism creates good-paying jobs at our local aquariums, hotels, restaurants and airports that are the bedrock our community. I have seen the dividends, and I am proud of the partnerships we have built between industry and state and local leaders that will ensure tourism remains an economic driver of our nation. "
More information about the third annual Distinguished Travel Champion Award is available here.
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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 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.