Travel is essential to driving economic growth and job creation in states, destinations and communities across America, and it is indispensable to our nation’s global competitiveness.

Travel accounted for $1.2 TRILLION in direct spending in 2022—which produced an economic footprint of $2.6 TRILLION—a return to 2019 levels. In 2022, travel supported nearly 15 million American workers and directly employed 8 million.

This economic and job growth was largely due to the robust return of domestic leisure travel, which far outpaced the recovery of the business travel and international travel segments.