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US To Make Restarting Business Travel a ‘Top Priority’

Commerce Department is soon to announce a $750 million aid package for US travel and tourism, according to Commerce Secretary Raimondo

Restarting business and international travel was a “top priority” of the Biden administration, according to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Speaking on a virtual forum conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Raimondo said the department would soon announce a package of $750 million in aid to the US travel and tourism industries.

The funds would be used by individual states in a “flexible” manner, she explained, depending on where each state sees the most need.

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the US and the UK and more slowly in the rest of Europe, Raimondo said, “I’m hopeful that post-Labor Day we will see a nice uptick in business travel and international travel.” Raimondo promised to do everything she can “to revitalize domestic and international business travel through agencies that report to me.”

She said easing travel restrictions is a top priority of hers and the administration’s and promises that “we are collaborating across the government to do everything we can to ease travel restrictions safely,” including advocating to open key corridors for business travel internationally.