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.”

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