Domestic and international inbound travel can bring people together from different backgrounds, bolster local economies and spur recovery efforts.

Strong federal leadership can ensure a resurgence of domestic and international travel to the U.S.  In order to welcome back international visitors, restore business and leisure travel, and increase global competitiveness, policymakers must treat travel for what it is —a top employer in all 50 states, our nation's largest service export and a significant driver of GDP.  Importantly, the federal government must develop national goals and strategic plans to restore travel, accelerate rehiring, and facilitate long-term growth and competitiveness.

Recent progress: In March, President Biden signed the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill. The bill included the Restoring Brand USA Act, which provides $250 million in relief funding to the nation’s destination marketing organization.

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Research, News and Commentary on Global Competitiveness

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce’s hearing on “Investing in American Jobs: Legislation to Strengthen Manufacturing and Competitiveness,” which included the bipartisan Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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