U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement voicing strong support for passage of the U.S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement now awaiting congressional action:
“The time has come for Congress to come together and help America by passing the USMCA.
“We often have to remind people that travel is a U.S. export just like agricultural and manufactured goods—it’s our No. 1 services export and No. 2 export overall, in fact. History shows that free trade agreements immediately boost international visitation to the U.S., while lingering trade tensions have a chilling effect. Passing USMCA could further improve travel’s record as the generator of a $69 billion U.S. trade surplus last year.
“Research also shows that replacing NAFTA with the USMCA would raise travel-related U.S. economic output by $1.7 billion and create 15,000 new American jobs. It’s clear that USMCA is smart policy, and we urge congressional leaders to move it to a full vote as quickly as possible.”
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.