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California Congressman Sam Farr Named Champion in Travel by Tour Operators

Tour Operator | Michael Schottey | July 12, 2016

California Congressman Sam Farr Named Champion in Travel by Tour Operators

PHOTO: USTOA President Terry Dale (Photo by David Cogswell )

The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) bestowed its first-ever Champion in Travel Award to Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) during its annual Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2016.

USTOA Chairman Paula Twidale said of the honor:

Congressman Farr is a leading Congressional voice and figure. He serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, where he leads a bipartisan group of members to promote important travel and tourism issues that may impact the industry.

Farr has represented California’s 20th district for 23 years, and is a member of the Congressional Travel Caucus. He has supported several critical pieces of legislation for USTOA and the industry as a whole. He was a co-sponsor of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, the JOLT Act, and the Cuba Trade Act.

In addition to his work with travel, he also sits on the House Appropriations Committee and a number of other influence committees and caucuses.

USTOA President and CEO Terry Dale said of the award:

It is an honor to present the USTOA Champion in Travel Award to Congressman Farr. We thank him for his diligent support over the years and wish him the best in his well-earned retirement.

The USTOA serves as the voice of the tour operator industry in the United States and assists with education and assistance for agents and consumers. It represents $13.5 billion in revenue and runs a Traveler’s Assistance Program which protects consumer payments. 


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