Overall travel in the U.S. showed 3.6 percent year-over-year growth in October, according to the latest Travel Trends Index (TTI).
Domestic leisure travel continues to do most of the heavy lifting for overall travel growth, rising 4.2 percent in October.
That sector’s strong showing is welcome news in the face of troubling international travel figures released by the U.S. government. International arrivals fell 3.9 percent for the year through June, the latest month for which data is available.
The TTI continues to predict a very modest rebound for international inbound travel through early 2018—but that projection can change based on new government data.
“All year long, it’s been tough to get a coherent picture of the international market because the various metrics have been telling wildly disparate tales,” said U.S. Travel Senior Vice President for Research David Huether. “Now we’re seeing the numbers start to align around a pretty pessimistic outlook for international inbound.”
The TTI is prepared for U.S. Travel by the research firm Oxford Economics. The TTI is based on public and private sector source data which are subject to revision by the source agency. The TTI draws from: advance search and bookings data from ADARA and nSight; airline bookings data from the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC); IATA, OAG and other tabulations of international inbound travel to the U.S.; and hotel room demand data from STR.
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U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. Travelers in the United States are estimated to spend $1.1 trillion in 2022 (still 10% below 2019 levels). U.S. Travel advocates for policies to accelerate an even recovery across the travel industry and restore economic and job growth for this essential contributor to our nation’s success. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.