In 2018, travel generated a total of $2.5 trillion in economic output that supported a total of 15.7 million American jobs across all industries. Travel impacts industries and jobs throughout the whole economy, well beyond the industry itself. When travel thrives, so does America.
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This important program delivers serious results for our country's economy, and must be protected. Brand USA is the organization that markets America as a global travel destination, and it does so at no cost to taxpayers. The elimination of the Brand USA would cost the U.S. $9.1 billion in total output and more than 57,400 jobs in 2017.
While global long-haul travel volume worldwide rose by 6.9 percent annually in 2018, overseas travel to the U.S. grew by only 2.8 percent during the same period. As a result, America's share of the international travel market continued to shrink from 13.7 percent in 2015 to 11.7 percent in 2018. In order to remain competitive and economically healthy, U.S. leaders must communicate to the world that our country continues to welcome international visitors, and implement policies that facilitate secure travel to America. This decline cost the U.S. economy $109 billion in total output and 210,000 jobs in 2018.
America's Open Skies agreements with 100 countries worldwide have been a cornerstone of aviation policy for decades--and they're critical to America's efforts to regrow our share of the expanding international travel market. Open Skies agreements are also a powerhouse for U.S. manufacturing jobs. For example: Per Boeing estimates, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have placed nearly 530 orders for Boeing planes, orders that could have easily gone to Airbus or another foreign manufacturer. If the elimination of the gulf carriers service to the U.S. reduced their current international passengers by 20 percent, this decline would cost the U.S. economy more than $3 billion in total output and 21,000 jobs.