U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella issued a statement on a New York Times report on President Trump's assurances that his visa policies would not affect participants and spectators at prospective FIFA World Cup events in the U.S. in 2026:
"Major events are a magnet for tourism and job creation, which is why competition to host them is so hotly contested. We applaud the president for embracing visa policies that support tourism and business objectives, which hold clear value for U.S. job creation and our trade balance—not to mention our standing on the world stage. The president's assistance with the U.S.'s 2026 World Cup bid is a signal that he is fully committed to spurring GDP and job growth."
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.