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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Travel Industry to Congress: Enact Urgent Policies to Restore Travel Demand

January 19, 2022

More than 600 travel industry members—representative of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam—signed a letter to congressional leadership urging immediate action on near-term federal policies to restore and grow the U.S. travel industry. The letter was delivered by the U.S. Travel Association to lawmakers today.

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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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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.

For the first time,...

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