The U.S. Travel Association, joined by CEOs of 13 member companies, met Tuesday at the White House with the president of the United States and senior administration officials. The president and industry leaders discussed travel’s essential contributions to the U.S. economy and job creation, and the importance of international inbound travel to trade deficit reduction.
“Our discussion with the president was simple: a strong flow of international business and leisure travelers into the U.S. reduces the trade deficit and creates an outsize number of American jobs,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. “There is a global international travel boom, and there is a huge opportunity to greatly expand upon the already strong economy.
“The president is a keen listener whenever you’re talking about growing the economy, and he was receptive to the idea that travel growth can be achieved without compromising security.
“We’re grateful to the president and his senior aides for their time and attention.”
The conversation highlighted ways the administration and the travel industry can work together to achieve travel-related growth. Among the policies discussed to help improve inbound travel: expanding and enhancing secure visa policies and supporting the Brand USA destination marketing agency. Transportation infrastructure—critical to growth of both international and domestic travel—was also on the policy menu.
Attending the West Wing meeting:
Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association;
Geoff Ballotti of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts;
Phil Brown of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (attending in his role as chair of U.S. Travel’s Gateway Airports Council);
Kevin Frid of AccorHotels;
Mark Hoplamazian of Hyatt Hotels Corporation;
Elie Maalouf of InterContinental Hotels Group;
George Markantonis of Las Vegas Sands Corporation;
Chris Nassetta of Hilton;
Patrick Pacious of Choice Hotels International;
Joe Popolo of Freeman;
James Risoleo of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.;
Arne Sorenson of Marriott International;
John Sprouls of Universal Parks & Resorts; and
Greg Stubblefield of Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Also joining Dow and member executives at the meeting were Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella and Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes.
U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org.
Fullerton College Recognized as Strong Workforce Star
Eighteen career technical education programs at Fullerton College have been recognized for their ability to prepare students for high earning careers.
Ninety percent of 2015 Fullerton College alumni are employed in a job similar to their field of study. For this reason and many others, Fullerton College is recognized as a Strong Workforce Star by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
“Fullerton College is honored to receive this recognition as a leader in career technical education (CTE) programs and we are proud celebrate this recognition with students who have successfully transitioned into the workforce,” President Greg Schulz said. “Thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff, Fullerton College has the largest CTE student enrollment in Orange County and our positive impact on the regional economy is significant.”
California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Stars is an annual recognition and celebration for career technical education programs whose students show significant gains needed for advancing social mobility. The factors include a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of a living wage and a job closely matched with their field of study. College programs may receive recognition at one of three levels: Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, and Gold Stars, depending on how many of the three outcomes thresholds they meet.
Three CTE programs received Silver Stars and 15 programs received bronze stars. Fullerton College Accounting, Construction Management and Interior Design Assistant programs each earned Silver Stars.
Overall, Fullerton College students from 2015-2016 increased their earnings by 50 percent or more, based on a match to the state wage, according to the Career Technical Education Outcomes Survey. They also attained the regional living wage by 70 percent or more, and 90 percent or more students were employed in a job similar to their field of study.
- 51 percent increase in earnings
- 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Construction Management
- 62 percent increase in earnings
- 77 percent of students attained the regional living wage
- Interior Design Assistant
- 117 percent increase in earnings
- 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Administration of Justice: 65 percent increase in earnings
- Printing and Lithography: 53 percent increase in earnings
- Automotive Technology: 71 percent increase in earnings
- Child Development-Early Care and Education: 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Commercial Music: 52 percent increase in earnings
- Computer Information Systems: 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Construction Crafts Technology: 58 percent increase in earnings
- Cosmetology and Barbering: 84 percent increase in earnings
- Fashion: 73 percent increase in earnings
- Horticulture: 104 percent increase in earnings
- Massage Therapy: 64 percent increase in earnings
- Marketing and Distribution: 92 percent increase in earnings
- Paralegal Studies: 63 percent increase in earnings
- Real Estate Management: 100 percent of students are employed in a job similar to their field of study
- Television/Film (including combined TV-film-video): 68 percent increase in earnings
Strong Workforce Stars is an output of the Strong Workforce Program, an annual recurring investment of $200 million to spur career technical education in California Community colleges, the nation’s largest workforce development system, with 114 colleges. Fullerton College has the largest CTE program in Orange County in terms of full-time equivalent students.
Visit cte.fullcoll.edu to learn more about career technical education programs at Fullerton College.
Author: Fullerton College
We’re Members of the West Federation CHRIE!
West Federation CHRIE (WF CHRIE) is the western region chapter of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). This non-profit professional association, provides programs and services to continually improve the quality of global education, research, service and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry.
The West Federation CHRIE is comprised of 14 of the 50 United States, which include:
- New Mexico
For more information about this association, conference updates, articles, job opportunities, and much more make sure to CLICK HERE!
CALIFORNIA HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance to individuals studying in the field of hospitality and the California institutions that offer hospitality training as well as for related activities which further research and knowledge in the field of hotel management with respect to the lodging, hospitality, and food service industries.
CLICK HERE to review the guidelines prior to completing an online application!
Lido House Hiring Event!
Lido House is set to open in Newport Beach, CA this March and it’s your opportunity to become a part of the Lido House community! They will be hosting a Hiring Event on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. at the Marina Park Community & Sailing Center.
Apply today to one of their open positions at the website below:
2018 ¡Latin Food Fest!
- A Certificate from the Festival Director
- Complimentary Food & Beverages
- Opportunities to Interact with Culinary, Wine and Spirits Experts
- A Free Ticket for Friends and Family