The travel community is uniquely impacted by emergency situations due to perceptions and realities linking these occurrences and travel.

Quick Facts

To help destinations and travel businesses prepare for emergency situations, the U.S. Travel Association provides tools and information to bolster the industry’s readiness planning. Likewise, when emergencies transpire, U.S. Travel connects industry leaders with policymakers to ensure the travel community is engaged when decisions affecting travel are made.

Recommendations

Engage with policymakers

Policy decisions during times of crisis can have unintended consequences affecting travel so it is critical to engage with relevant decision-makers to ensure that the potential impact on one of America’s largest and important industries is always considered as handling of a crisis continues.

Combat negative perceptions

Destinations are significantly impacted by traveler perceptions of man-made and natural disasters so proactively providing fact-based information to the media, policymakers and the travel community offering context during times of crisis is critical.

Research, News and Commentary on Emergency Readiness and Response

Travel Industry Ends 2017 Strong

December 22, 2017

Our final check-in reflects on the many achievements we accomplished together this year. Thank you for all that you do to make our industry strong—I look forward to continuing our work in 2018.

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Travel Leaders Convene to Discuss Industry Priorities

November 17, 2017

U.S. Travel’s board met this week to address multiple issues related to travel and tourism, from America’s declining share of international travel to the role our industry plays in bringing relief and recovery following challenging situations.

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U.S. Travel Statement on Las Vegas Tragedy

October 02, 2017

We are deeply saddened by the events in Las Vegas and concerned for the victims, their families, and everyone else who is affected.

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Administration Announces Results of Security Review for Entry

September 29, 2017

The Trump Administration released this week a set of travel-related security measures that will impact the entry of nationals from eight countries. The decision follows a review of identity-management and intelligence-sharing with the United States resulting from the president's previous executive order on visas.

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Roger Dow Commentary

How Americans Can Aid the Economic Recovery from Harvey and Irma

September 18, 2017

Restoring travel and tourism to the region as soon as feasibly possible, by advertising that the impacted states are open for business, will be extraordinarily helpful to those who have been hurt the most by these storms. 

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Roger Dow Commentary

Keeping Visitors Secure While Maintaining the Customer Experience

April 18, 2017

How can the hospitality industry keep travelers safe in a fluctuating global security environment? Here’s what is top of mind at the U.S. Travel Association’s inaugural Secure Tourism Summit. 

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