Travel Industry Job Bank to be Aimed at Helping Hurricane Katrina Victims

Site Launch Set for September 15 Among a Host of Industry Activities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ — The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), in partnership with the Travel & Tourism Coalition and the Travel Business Roundtable, is offering free use of a job bank to help workers displaced by Hurricane Katrina find new employment as soon as possible, announced Roger J. Dow, TIA President and Chief Executive Officer.

“With so many hotels, shopping and gaming attractions, restaurants and other travel-related businesses devastated by the hurricane, our industry was particularly hard hit,” Dow said. “Many companies and individuals are already doing a terrific job of contributing to the immediate humanitarian relief efforts, so we’ve decided to focus our effort on ensuring longer-term opportunities for those affected. Our industry has probably more transferable job skills than any other industry.”

“The job bank at http://www.katrinajobs.org/ will be ready by September 15th to take information from job-seekers and listings from not only our members and other travel-related companies, but from all businesses across American industry. The goal is to help provide work as quickly as possible for those who have been displaced.”

In addition, TIA is also creating a special section on its Web site to gather information and provide links to efforts being done by others in the travel industry in support of those affected by the recent hurricane. The site will also include statistics showing the travel-related economic impact on the devastated regions.

Most recent statistics show the travel industry in the affected areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama accounts for $18.3 billion in business annually, with some 260,000 travel industry-related jobs.

In addition, TIA and the Travel Business Roundtable, its strategic partner on government affairs activity, is assessing avenues for redress of urgent, legitimate industry employee and employer burdens, ranging from unemployment concerns to potential federal incentives for employer-based recovery.

The two groups, in conjunction with other industry groups and state tourism offices, are also examining the industry’s unique role in providing immediate comfort to those affected.

Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, said: “We’re committed to making immediate and long- term employee and employer relief a top priority of our lobbying efforts.”

The Travel Industry Association of America is the 2,000 member national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $600 billion travel industry. TIA’s mission is to represent the whole of the U.S. travel industry to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.

The Travel Business Roundtable (TBR), a strategic partner to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), is a CEO-based organization representing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. In addition to airlines, car rental companies, travel management agencies, hotel chains, resorts and theme parks, TBR’s membership roster also includes such entities as The Coca-Cola Company, USA Today, the National Football League, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, demonstrating the broad scope and diversity of the industry. In 2004, travel and tourism was the nation’s third largest retail industry generating $600 billion in travel expenditures and $100 billion in local, state and federal taxes. For more information, visit http://www.tbr.org/.

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