Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental company in the world, took part in today’s unprecedented meeting that included President Barack Obama, senior officials, the U.S. Travel Association and travel industry leaders to support a new White House memorandum.
The memorandum calls for the development of airport-specific plans to maximize the economic impact of travel and tourism by providing a better experience for international travelers as they enter the United States.
Enterprise Holdings’ Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President Greg Stubblefield participated in today’s event to demonstrate the company’s backing of this important initiative and was joined by business leaders from Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Universal Parks and Resorts, American Express, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and others. As one of the top ten travel companies in the world, Enterprise Holdings provides easily accessible and convenient options for travelers through its Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.
“International travel to the U.S. grew more than nine percent in 2013, generating $181 billion in revenue and yielding a 57 percent international travel trade surplus,” said Stubblefield. “That’s a testament to the travel industry’s strategic investment in people, products and promotions.”
As stated in President Obama’s memorandum, “The U.S. travel and tourism sector is critical to the Nation’s prosperity and drives economic growth. In 2013, international visitors alone supported more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs.”
The President’s call to invest in U.S. business and travel infrastructure tracks closely with the National League of Cities’ call earlier this year to champion local infrastructure investments to spur economic growth – an effort that Enterprise Holdings also supported.
Through its extensive airport and neighborhood network, Enterprise Holdings plays an important role in bringing new talent into the travel industry. Earlier this year, Enterprise announced it is hiring more than 8,000 college-educated, career-oriented men and women throughout the United States. Most of these new full-time employees are being hired into the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training (MT) program or Management Internship program.
“Growth in the U.S. travel and tourism industry is a key part in our company’s success,” added Stubblefield. “The travel and tourism industry supports nearly 8 million jobs across the country, including many of the jobs held by our 78,000 employees.”
Last year alone, nearly 11,000 individuals were promoted or took on new challenges in various positions throughout Enterprise Holdings’ global network, contributing to new opportunities for recently hired management trainees, and a need to add even more. In addition to management trainees and interns, other full-time opportunities within Enterprise’s airport branch locations are available as well.