“Free To Fly Act” by Virginia Congressman Brat endorsed by ICTP: Opening foreign airline investments

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The Hawaii based International Coalition of Tourism Partners endorsed the “Free to Fly Act” filed in Washington DC today by Republican Congressman Brat from Virginia. Juergen Steinmetz, chairman of ICTP said: “We’re excited to endorse the “Free to Travel Act”  introduced today by Congressman Brat. It will open new channels of competition and ensures our U.S. airlines industry can compete with the world.”

The updated bill is essentially the same policy the Congressman outlined previously, but has been modified to counter any opposition arguments, thereby ensuring any new foreign-owned U.S. airline subsidiary complies with all U.S. law, including explicit provisions ensuring all employees are American workers to comply with existing U.S. law, and explicit requirements that the airlines are based in the U.S. and are under the day-to-day control of Americans.

Other tweaks made explicitly ensure the airlines are regulated the same as U.S. airlines and would be eligible for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet if the Secretary of Defense signs off. Essentially, the only difference between these new airlines and current airlines is that foreigners could freely invest in them, and current U.S. airlines would benefit from the additional capital.

Read the full article and the original bill on Aviation.travel

 

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP.His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation.He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.