The Washington Times - September 3, 2008, 10:00PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Among the groups hosting events parties and receptions this week is the Travel Industry Association, which just four years ago didn’t have any presence at the political conventions.

Since then, it’s started on a push for a national tourism campaign, among other initiatives, by boosting its lobbying profile and most recently, hosting events at both conventions. The group, which represents travel components such as hotels, airlines and destinations, has also started running print ads in Florida and Nevada – two states that heavily rely on tourism dollars.


“Unfortunately, the American travel process is breaking down – and it’s making travel a bigger hassle than it needs to be,” the ad says, citing an outdated air travel system and a complicated visa program for international visitors.

Jen Haberkorn, reporter, The Washington Times