August 30, 2014
News & Highlights
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.
The travel community heartily congratulates House leaders of both parties for embracing a policy that pays clear dividends for the U.S. economy by passing legislation to reauthorize Brand USA.
New analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office shows that H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014, will, if enacted, reduce the U.S. federal deficit by $231 million over 10 years.
New data finds 38 million trips avoided in 2013, costing U.S. economy $35.7 billion.
Travel continues its strong performance in the economy, adding 6,500 direct jobs in July and totaling 63,800 jobs for the first seven months of 2014.
While the U.S. trade balance declined $3.0 billion in April to a deficit of $47.2 billion, the travel industry continues to buck the trend, with its exports rising 6.1 percent from April 2013.
POTUS to announce slate of policy proposals embracing travel and tourism as economic growth driver
As summer travel commences, travel and tourism leaders express grave concern about growing strain on transportation systems.
More than 420 million unused days of leave cost U.S. economy $160 billion in 2013.
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U.S. Travel Barometer
Aggregated exclusively for U.S. Travel, this forward-looking monthly report measures travel intent based on 30 billion global online lodging searches from 5,000 consumer travel websites. Learn More