Fourteen CEOs of America’s best-known travel-related companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders this week, declaring that more and better COVID-19 testing is a necessary part of continuing an economic recovery, and urging an increased federal role in making effective tests more widely available.
The letter stresses that a lasting recovery will depend on a comprehensive set of measures designed to relieve, protect and stimulate American employers, but says testing should be incorporated into the next legislative package – in particular the TEST law that was introduced. in the Senate. .
“The travel industry has aggressively gathered data on the coronavirus epidemic and its fallout to inform our comprehensive deliberations on best health practices, travel consumer trends and attitudes, and the timing for a safe reopening of the US travel economy, ”the letter reads in part. “Analysis of the data leads to the conclusion that broader testing – together with other key factors such as a strong federal relief and recovery policy framework, stringent health and safety standards adopted by companies travel-related and the universal adoption of good health practices (such as wearing masks) by the public – is an essential component of reopening and recovery.
“The tests allow the reopening. The tests allow you to rehire. The tests allow recovery. “
The letter was signed by: Heather McCrory of Accor North America, Inc .; David Kong of the BWH Hotel Group; Pat Pacious of Choice Hotels International, Inc .; Chrissy Taylor of Enterprise Holdings, Inc .; Chris Nassetta of Hilton; Jim Risoleo of Host Hotels & Resorts; Mark Hoplamazian of Hyatt Hotels Corporation; George Markantonis of Las Vegas Sands Corporation; Elie Maalouf from the InterContinental Hotels group; Jonathan Tisch of Loews Hotels & Co; Arne Sorenson of Marriott International; Sean Menke of Saber Corporation; Roger Dow of the US Travel Association; and Geoff Ballotti of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
The letter references a white paper produced by the US Travel Association which details the industry’s conclusions regarding the importance of testing, and why the TEST Act would be a good legislative step towards the necessary expansion of availability. tests.
What’s your take on all of this? Do you agree with the sentiments of the letter? Are rigorous testing the key to tourism recovery?