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First-Ever Bill of Rights for Passengers with Disabilities Announced by DOT

As the busy summer travel season continues, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced on July 8 actions taken by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to help protect airline passengers, including publishing the first-ever Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights and issuing a notice to airlines to seat young children next to a parent.

Industry Calls for Reformed National Parks Reservation System

On July 11, nearly 400 travel industry organizations—including domestic and international organizations—sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and National Park Service Director Chuck Sams calling for reforms to the visitor reservation systems in the national parks.

Geoff Freeman Selected as U.S. Travel Association President and CEO

U.S. Travel Association has shared that their next chapter will be led by Geoff Freeman, a proven association leader who has a track record of building talented teams and delivering game-changing results for varied industries.

Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Names New President and CEO

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau recently announced that Michelle Conway, who has served as Interim President and CEO since March, has been named its new President and CEO, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Board of Directors Chairman Al Comello.

New International Travel Forecast

Recently, U.S. Travel Association released its updated international travel forecast, which projects 65 million international arrivals in 2023 (which is 82% of pre-pandemic levels). The forecast also projects that international arrivals and spending will fully recover to 2019 levels by 2025.

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