U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico border closing to “non-essential traffic” due to the coronavirus pandemic:

“Efforts that are necessary to stem the spread of coronavirus are unfortunately impinging some of America’s most valuable economic partnerships. Mexico is the 2nd-largest international inbound market to the U.S., with more than 18 million visitors spending $11.9 billion in 2019. Containing this health emergency is imperative, but so too will be aggressive measures to ensure that the resulting economic emergency is as short-lived as possible. For that reason, we urge Congress to pass robust financial relief for the travel-related businesses that generate 15.8 million American jobs—4.6 million of which are expected to be casualties of coronavirus by the end of April.”


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.



Cathy Reynolds

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