As an indispensable source of American jobs, the travel industry can serve as a ticket to opportunity and as a path to future prosperity - for our economy, communities and individuals nationwide. This report highlights how travel-related jobs give American workers a first foothold on the job ladder and provide valuable skills and education that lead to rewarding careers. Based on longitudinal BLS labor force data and reinforced by successful case studies, travel's unique workforce is compared to other workers who began in other industries.