U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow reacted to new government data showing a 3.9 percent overall decline in international inbound travel to the U.S. through June of this year:
“The latest government travel data is deeply concerning not just to our industry, but to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States. Travel is our country’s No. 2 export and supports more than 15 million American jobs.
“These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority. The travel industry will turn over every stone looking for all available policy options to better promote the U.S. as an international destination, and we stand ready to partner with the federal government to grow travel, and American jobs and exports along with it.”
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