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Tourism groups rush to defend
Brand USA against budget cut
By Johanna Jainchill
The travel industry reacted swiftly
to the Trump administration’s proposal to slash funding for Brand
USA in its 2018 budget, warning
that cutting off the industry’s largest marketing arm would do irreparable harm to the economy at large,
particularly during a challenging
time for inbound travel.
“With all that’s going on in the world, unilaterally disarming the marketing of the U.S.
as a travel destination would be to surrender market share at the worst possible time,”
Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement.
“With international visitation being the
country’s No. 2 export supporting 15 mil-
lion American jobs, we’re struggling to un-
derstand how cutting Brand USA squares
with this administration’s stated priorities,”
Brand USA is a public-private partnership
created by Congress in 2010 under the Travel
Promotion Act, with the mission to market
the U.S. as a tourist destination. Unlike many
countries, the U.S. has never had a national
tourism office or minister of tourism, making Brand USA its first global marketing effort.
“We’ve always advocated and been of the
belief that the U.S. travel industry is more
successful when the nation’s brand is well
represented out in the world,” said Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s marketing organization and a founding partner
of Brand USA.
Last week was a big one for Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts. He was simultaneously opening a new “land,” Pan- dora, in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando and a major attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout, at Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim.
ney Studios Distribution and Home Entertainment divisions — clearly inform his current vision for the parks and resorts.
I sat down with him at the Pandora dedication to get a sense of that vision: How it
was playing out in Pandora, and how it will
impact Parks and Resorts going forward.
We touched on the role of technology, guest
See WINDOW SEAT on Page 10
See BRAND USA on Page 28
Mexico is taking tangible steps to create awareness of its vibrant
interior destinations, including crucial new airlift.
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FROM THE WINDOW SEAT
Chapek, who has been in his current role
for a little more than two years, sees connective tissue between the two openings and
what he has planned for the future. His previous roles at Disney over the past 20 years
— president of the Consumer Products division, where he licensed, franchised, published and retailed Disney, Pixar, Star Wars
and Marvel platforms, and president of Dis-
Bob Chapek, Pandora and
the Disney bubble