Metro Chamber Expands Involvement in Travel Industry to Help Grow Sector, Create Jobs
Las Vegas- The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce announces it joined the board of the United States Travel Association (USTA), the premier national organization representing the travel industry in the United States. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is the first metropolitan chamber of commerce in the country to join the USTA.
The move signifies the Metro Chamber’s increased involvement in issues that are not only important to the promotion of our core industry sector – travel and tourism – but also drive economic diversification and job growth. The USTA engages in a wide range of policy issues integral to the endurance and growth of our nation’s economy such as visa reform, immigration and transportation systems and infrastructure, as well as the promotion of the United States as an international destination.
These synchronize well with the policy priorities of the Metro Chamber. Over the past several years, the Chamber has worked with federal legislators, both within and outside of our delegation, to actively encourage the passage of Congressional bills to grow tourism and jobs in Southern Nevada including the JOLT Act to increase international travel to the U.S.; creation of Interstate 11 to connect Las Vegas and Phoenix within the broader Canamex Corridor; and the designation of Tule Springs as a national monument that will expand ecotourism in the region.
“The Metro Chamber’s membership in the USTA provides an opportunity to deepen our involvement at the federal level on issues that are critical to the future of Southern Nevada. It also strengthens our partnership with the LVCVA and McCarran International Airport, entities that have played leadership roles in USTA for a number of years,” says Kristin McMillan, president and CEO of the Metro Chamber. “Having a seat at the table as a board member of USTA, the Metro Chamber will expand its relationships within important sectors, reinforcing our focus on job creation and growth in Southern Nevada.”
“We applaud the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s leadership in becoming the first metro chamber to join the U.S. Travel Association,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “As one of the nation’s leading tourism destinations, Las Vegas’ business community understands the tremendous economic impact travel and tourism generates – both locally and nationally – as well as the importance of advocating for critical industry issues like transportation infrastructure on the national stage.”
“Las Vegas is one of our nation’s leading international gateways and an important business and leisure destination,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of U.S. Travel. “It is great to have Kristin and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce at the table as we address a variety of critical issues such as visa reform and infrastructure that impact travel to and within our country.”