When U.S. states and cities attract more visitors, their local economies thrive.

Quick Facts

Destination marketing attracts new visitors to cities and states, whose spending creates significant economic activity. This in turn generates crucial tax revenue that supports essential public services, improving the quality of life for the area’s residents. Despite these proven benefits, securing and preserving tourism promotion funding from local governments is an increasingly uphill battle for many U.S. states and cities. When a state or city loses all or part of that funding, it cedes the economic benefits of tourism to another destination, as visitors simply choose to travel elsewhere. It can take years to recover from the loss of new visitors and subsequent economic activity. 

U.S. Travel is committed to helping destinations convey the power of travel promotion to lawmakers in their communities, which never fails to drive new visitors to destinations and deliver broad economic growth. 

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State-level Economic Impact

July 09, 2021

Travel's economic impact spans across all 50 states. In addition to national-level data, U.S. Travel now partners with Tourism Economics to release state-level stats.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll share an update on two industry meetings, as well as our efforts to earn renewal for Brand USA and our perspective on the midterm elections.

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Friday Check-In

Friday Check-In | October 26, 2018

October 26, 2018

In this week’s Friday Check-In, we’ll showcase hurricane recovery efforts in Florida, share updates from several industry meetings, and provide our take on the upcoming midterm elections.

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