We met last week with Representative Gus Bilirakis (R) from Florida’s 12el District, who represents the fast-growing Tampa Bay region of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Recently, Rep. Bilirakis joined Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) to co-chair the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, which includes a bi-partisan group of over 90 Congressmen.
The good news is that we have had a very good relationship with the House Travel and Tourism Caucus over the years.
The even better news is that in his new role, Rep. Bilirakis has pledged to do more. Rep. Bilirakis was first elected in 2006 and has been working to drive his legislative agenda, including support of business travel, Florida tourism, and for Greek-American relations. He is also an avid baseball fan (think Spring Training sites!) and is married with four children.
We shared the latest BTI forecast and made plans for future collaboration. We are happy to count Rep. Bilirakis as another champion of business travel!