U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) has received praise across Arizona for her new legislation encouraging Americans to support the tourism industry following the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, called the American TRIP Act, would provide tax credits to Americans who spend money on lodging, entertainment, and other expenses related to travel in the United States and its territories. Additionally, the bill provides funding for Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) to promote the travel and tourism industry across the nation.
“The American TRIP Act is about getting more than 180,000 Arizonans and over 9 million Americans who are employed by the tourism and hospitality industries back to work,” McSally said. “If Americans aren’t traveling, then millions of other Americans have no job to go back to. That means millions of Americans are unable to provide for their families, including paying rent or a mortgage, health care costs, or buying groceries. My bill allows Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money and use it into next year to visit grandma and grandpa, take a trip to the Grand Canyon, and so much more, when it is safe to do so. Igniting this sector of the economy is key to a successful recovery and critical for AZ jobs and economy.”
The Trump administration expressed support for a travel tax credit last month as part of an effort to kick-start America’s hospitality industry.
Here's what they are saying about McSally’s bill:
“70 percent of Americans support more economic stimulus to help reeling travel industry recover.” – Morning Consult
“Arizona’s tourism sector is hurting. Hundreds of thousands of Arizona jobs are at risk. Our thanks to @SenMcSallyAZ for supporting policies to save one of the state’s most important industries.” – Arizona Chamber of Commerce
“Thank you @SenMcSallyAZ for working to help protect the hundreds of thousands of jobs in AZ connected to the tourism industry. Targeted help needed!” – Glenn Hamer, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
“Stimulus bill pitched by Sen. Martha McSally could help Arizona tourism industry.” – AZ Family
“Our tourism and hospitality industry took one of the hardest hits during the pandemic. Thank you @SenMcSallyAZ for helping revive a critical sector of our economy & encouraging Americans to rediscover the amazing destinations our country has to offer when it is safe to do so.” – Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association
“Tourism in general as a nation has been hit really hard by the effects of the pandemic...so we're really supportive of efforts to support this industry.” – Megan Trummel, Visit Phoenix
“I do think we can get unemployment below 10 percent by year-end. I think it’s going to be a pretty steady drum with higher jobs and lower unemployment…Senator Martha McSally’s plan to give tax deductions and credits if you travel around is going to be a very strong positive.” – Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council
“Senator McSally’s bill will incentivize individuals and families to travel on vacation and attend out-of-town events such as concerts, festivals, and sporting events, at a time when resources may be limited due to pandemic-related income loss and unemployment…The Coalition commends Senator McSally for her leadership on this issue and urges Congress to include this bill in the next COVID-19 legislative package.” – Hospitality, Travel & Events Recovery Coalition
“Thank you @SenMcSallyAZ for your efforts to support jobs in travel & tourism with the introduction of the American TRIP Act.” – The American Hotel and Lodging Association
“The travel industry requires relief, protection and stimulus to help accelerate our nation’s economic recovery. Thank you @SenMcSallyAZ for working to help our nation’s travel industry get back to business.” – Power of Travel Coalition
“Coupled with clear and consistent federal health guidance across travel modes, stimulating demand along the lines of what’s called for it in the American TRIP Act will be critical to the travel industry’s recovery.” – Eben Peck, The American Society of Travel Advisors