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Emergency Preparedness and Response: Zika Virus

February 04, 2016

U.S. Travel is monitoring recent developments regarding the Zika virus and its potential impact on travel to and within the U.S. While CDC reports that widespread transmission here is unlikely at this time, we are prepared to activate our industry's readiness efforts if and when needed.

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U.S. Travel Reacts to AIRR Act

February 03, 2016

The U.S. Travel Association said Wednesday the FAA bill released by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee members makes significant strides towards achieving “transformational” reform of America’s aviation system, but falls short by ignoring an essential component: our airports.

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Travel Trends Index: Surging Domestic Leisure Travel Offsets Softening Business, International Markets

February 02, 2016

In order to provide comprehensive, data-driven insight on the travel industry, the U.S. Travel Association research team has launched the Travel Trends Index (TTI), a monthly economic indicator measuring the direction and pace of travel volume to and within the United States.

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Latest Open Skies Attacks More of the Same, Still Untrue

January 28, 2016

The airline industry group lobbying for a freeze on Open Skies agreements is serving up leftovers again. Here's why Open Skies is good for the U.S. economy, U.S. employment and U.S. travelers.

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Visa Overstay Numbers Released: Our Hope For the Ensuing Debate

January 21, 2016

We are glad that DHS has heeded calls for release of this data from U.S. Travel and other organizations, and hope that Congress will use this data as a starting point for rational and informed debates on visa security and immigration enforcement.

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Why TSA’s Pre✓ Milestone Is Good News for Travelers

January 13, 2016

The growing popularity of Pre✓ and similar trusted traveler programs is good news for travelers, who deserve a comprehensive, efficient security screening process that makes their journeys both safer and more expedient.

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Travel and REAL ID: What You Need to Know

January 11, 2016

A deadline for REAL ID compliance has been set, and now DHS, TSA and states must work together to keep travelers moving throughout the country.

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CommentaryFebruary 05, 2016

After edging down in December, travel employment rebounded last month to reach a new record of 8.2 million total U.S. jobs.

Press ReleaseFebruary 04, 2016
Setting the table

Early primary state voters hear constantly about how presidential aspirants will create jobs. Actually, they’re helping local economies just by being in town—and a U.S. Travel Association messaging campaign is driving home the point.

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CommentaryFebruary 02, 2016

Learn more about U.S. Travel's new monthly economic indicator that tracks and predicts trends in travel to and within the United States.

Friday Check-inJanuary 29, 2016
Friday Check In Still

The U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security jointly announced the implementation of measures that will require a relatively few number of individuals applying to visit the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program to meet new security requirements.

CommentaryJanuary 27, 2016
Power of Travel Coalition

Last year was a great year for Travel Talks, and the year ahead promises to be even more productive. Here's how you can get involved.

CommentaryJanuary 27, 2016

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow shares his outlook for the travel industry in the year ahead.