December 13, 2013
News & Highlights
Major Investments in Air Travel System Needed to Avoid Serious Delays and Economic Harm
Two companion studies, released Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Association and the Eno Center for Transportation, reveal that U.S. air travel infrastructure is in such bad shape that Thanksgiving-like passenger congestion will be a year-round reality at nearly all of the top 50 U.S. airports within the decade.
“Roam” to Improve Youth’s Academic Performance and Future Success
New Travel Effect research has found that youth who engage in educational travel see measurable and lasting benefits, including improved academic performance, increased likelihood of attaining a college degree and higher earning potential in future careers. Importantly, the positive influences of learning-based travel are realized regardless of gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic class. U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow recently promoted the findings during an interview with a FOX affiliate, even encouraging the inclusion of a fourth “R” to the traditional three pillars of learning – reading, writing, arithmetic – and now roaming. The survey proves that travel is impactful and a gateway to future success.
Travel Community Welcomes End of Federal Shutdown
Reopening the federal government will end the estimated loss of $152 million per day in travel-related economic output and provide increased financial security to as many as 450,000 American workers who are supported by travel. Travel is America's No.1 services export, and the travel industry has added jobs at a rate three times faster than the rest of the economy since recovery began in 2010.
U.S. Entry: Gateway to Jobs & Growth
U.S. Travel published a new report “Gateway to Jobs & Growth” that examines the effect the U.S. entry process has on the U.S. economy. In addition to identifying current problems, it contains 20 policy recommendations on how to improve the entry experience for international travelers coming to the U.S. and to better support hard-working officers at CBP who keep our nation secure.
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Up for the seventh time in the past 10 months, travel exports rose to $15.2 billion in October 2013, up 10 percent from October of last year.
U.S. air travel infrastructure is in such bad shape that Thanksgiving-like passenger congestion will be a year-round reality at nearly all of the top 50 U.S. airports within the decade, two new studies find.
The JOLT Act has surpassed 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, split almost exactly between the two major political parties.
Despite the disruptions caused by the government shutdown, travel added 16,000 jobs in October and contributed to more than six percent of October’s total non-farm employment gains.
U.S. Travel released a new analysis that estimates the government shutdown costs the U.S. $152 million a day in economic output due to lost travel-related activity, affecting as many as 450,000 American workers.
U.S. Travel released a report detailing the severe economic consequences that result from often lengthy wait times experienced by millions of travelers in the CBP entry process, and proposing 20 policy changes to address the problem.
Traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective, according to a new study conducted by Rockport Analytics for the U.S. Travel Association.
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