The pandemic’s effect on global travel has cost the U.S. economy billions in lost spending, imperiled the livelihoods of millions of American workers and jeopardized travel businesses of all sizes.

Quick Facts

The travel industry is one of the hardest-hit industries in the economic fallout of the public health crisis: It is clear that there can be no broader economic recovery without a recovery within the travel industry. Until widespread travel fully resumes without restrictions, the travel industry will continue to need federal assistance to maintain operations and expedite the recovery process.

Recommendations

Ensure smooth and timely implementation of the global vaccine requirement for entry to the U.S.

Fully resume passport and visa processing services

Support additional funding for staffing and overtime pay at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Provide continued economic relief to travel businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 protocols

Provide temporary tax credits to help revive business travel, particularly the conferences, conventions, and trade shows that form the backbone of business travel

Ensure businesses have access to affordable event cancellation and business interruption insurance coverage for pandemic-related losses

Research, News and Commentary on Economic Recovery

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U.S. Travel Applauds Brand USA Bill Committee Passage

November 17, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passing the Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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U.S. Travel Welcomes Return of International Inbound Travel

November 04, 2021

At air, land and sea ports of entry, and across destinations nationwide, the U.S. travel industry will welcome all vaccinated international visitors back to the United States after 19 months of pandemic-related border restrictions beginning Monday (November 8), a long-awaited milestone that marks the rebuilding of international inbound travel.

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Looking Forward: The Semi-Annual Forecast

November 15, 2021

New data alert: This insightful presentation from Adam Sacks, president and CEO of Tourism Economics, breaks down the latest Fall 2021 Travel Forecast. Tune in for the hard data...

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