House-Passed Bill Corrects Overcharging for Multiple Flight Stops
September 17, 2014
The bill corrects a fundamental flaw in the most recent adjustment to the TSA fee, which caused some travelers to be charged the fee more than once-in some cases more than $20 extra-if their trip consisted of one or more flight connection. TSA's activities are obviously vital, but the travel community objected to the agency's implementation phase of the fee change, and we're grateful to Transportation Security Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson for seeing through this effort to correct it.
Inbound Visitation At or Near Top of Key Trade Metrics
September 10, 2014
When one thinks of an "export," one normally thinks of objects that are boxed and loaded onto container ships in Galveston or Long Beach, like manufacturing or agricultural products. But since it involves the consumption of U.S. goods and services with foreign currency, international travel and tourism falls into the "export" category as well—and it greatly outperforms most other U.S. industries in that capacity, according to a new study from the U.S. Travel Association.
September 5, 2014
David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today's Labor Department announcement that the U.S. economy added 142,000 jobs in August while the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent.
September 4, 2014
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on a survey released by Open Allies for Airfare Transparency finding that large numbers of consumers want more upfront information about ancillary airline ticket fees.
September 4, 2014
David Huether, senior vice president for research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, comments on today’s trade data released by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Robust Growth of TSA's Pre✓™ and U.S. CBP's Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI Programs Reveal Programs Are Improving the Traveler Experience
August 28, 2014
The U.S. Travel Association today welcomed two significant milestones achieved this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's trusted traveler programs: The Transportation Security Administration's (TSA's) Pre✓™ program surpassed half a million enrollees, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP's) Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI programs have enrolled more than three million users worldwide.
South Dakota's Jim Hagen Named 2014 State Tourism Director of the Year
August 27, 2014
Winners of the 2014 Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star were announced during the U.S. Travel Association's annual ESTO conference held this week in Louisville.
August 25, 2014
South Dakota Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen has been named State Tourism Director of the Year.
“Work Martyr Complex” Emerges at Expense of Americans’ Health and Well-Being
August 19, 2014
Fear of being replaced and work piling up coupled with a lack of employer support and communication is keeping Americans from using the time off they have earned, according to the new study, “Overwhelmed America: Why Don’t We Use Our Paid Time Off?” conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications (GfK) for the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Effect initiative.
Eligible Travelers Can Process Entry into America 'Right in the Palms of Their Hands'
August 12, 2014
The U.S. Travel Association today praised the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) launch of its first Mobile Passport Control app, allowing eligible travelers to submit entry process information via their own smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection.
August 6, 2014
The latest trade figures further validate the travel industry's essential role in revitalizing the U.S. economic recovery. Travel exports grew by $0.2 billion to $19.3 billion in June—a rise of 8.3 percent over the same time last year.