Inbound tour operators call on Congress for pandemic relief

The International Inbound Travel Association (IITA) is calling on Congress to provide relief for inbound tour operators, who have been at standstill since most inbound leisure travel was shuttered in March 2020.

The IITA, along with NYC & Company and 40 inbound tour operators, sent letters to members of the House Committee on Small Business asking for support of the Securing Access for Venue Equity (Save) Act, which would include tour operators in relief funding.

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“We believe it’s important to raise our collective voices about the ongoing needs of the inbound travel sector,” IITA CEO Lisa Simon said in a statement Wednesday. “Whether it’s the [Shuttered Venue Operators Grant] program or other relief and stimulus legislation, inbound operators need financial support to keep the lights on as we work our way back to normal inbound travel patterns.”

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