The U.S. Travel Association praised the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. In a statement, Roger Dow, CEO, said the passage is “both significant and long overdue.” The bill, he said, will have a profound impact on how people travel for decades to come. By making historic investments in the transportation infrastructure now, said Dow, “we can emerge from the pandemic with stronger, more modern and efficient systems that can facilitate a resurgence in travel demand.” U.S. Travel, he said,  has strongly advocated for the legislation and championed these policies for years. The historic levels of travel infrastructure investment provided by this act, said Dow — including for airports, railways, highways, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and more— will accelerate the future of travel mobility. The bill, he said, establishes a chief travel and tourism officer at the Department of Transportation to help coordinate travel and tourism policy across all modes of transportation. This role, said Dow, “will be vital for rebuilding our industry and preparing to welcome back visitors from around the world.”