September 20, 2014
News & Highlights
When one thinks of an "export," one normally thinks of objects that are boxed and loaded onto container ships in Galveston or Long Beach, like manufacturing or agricultural products. But since it involves the consumption of U.S. goods and services with foreign currency, international travel and tourism falls into the "export" category as well—and it greatly outperforms most other U.S. industries in that capacity, according to a new study from the U.S. Travel Association.
The American workforce is overwhelmed, overworked and stressed out. Despite near-universal acceptance of the importance of paid time off (PTO), 40 percent of workers will leave vacation days on the table in 2014. The latest Travel Effect research, "Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Time Off?," conducted by GfK reveals that fear and poor communication keep Americans from using the time off they have earned.
Brand USA Working for all of US
The world is experiencing an unprecedented international travel boom, and no country can afford to sit on the sidelines in the competition for global visitors—which is why Brand USA remains a key player in generating travelers to the United States. U.S. Travel released a new report that explores the economic benefits of Brand USA and the positive impact its reauthorization would have on the U.S.
Tell Local Representatives #ImStuck With New App
U.S. Travel has joined efforts with Building America’s Future to widely publicize the "I'm Stuck" app, a mobile tool that provides frustrated travelers an opportunity to directly email policymakers. The app not only allows Americans to report travel hassles and delays, but also pushes Congress to reinvest in our lagging transportation infrastructure.
President Obama Pitches Value of Travel
The President promoted his Administration's travel and tourism agenda—beginning at a White House meeting with U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable and culminating with an afternoon speech at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
International travel and tourism falls greatly outperforms most other U.S. industries as an export, according to a new study from U.S. Travel.
Overall, the travel industry has added 62,000 jobs so far this year—an average monthly gain of 7,700 jobs.
Although travel exports edged down slightly in July to $19.1 billion, travel imports remained essentially unchanged at $12.4 billion.
Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using the time off they have earned, according to the new study, “Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Time Off?”
America’s travel community applauded Senate Commerce Committee approval of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, S. 2250, which would reauthorize Brand USA.
Robust growth of TSA's Pre✓™ and U.S. CBP's Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI programs reveal programs are improving the traveler experience
Quite simply, the travel industry is all about policies that get more people traveling—and we strongly believe that means listening to consumers' opinions on what will improve their travel experience.
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