The coronavirus public health crisis has taken a devastating toll on the travel industry. Pre-pandemic, the travel-dependent Leisure & Hospitality sector accounted for 11% of all employment in the U.S yet it has suffered 39% of all pandemic-related job losses since February 2020. As one of the hardest-hit industries, travel and tourism must be top of mind for lawmakers as they consider economic relief packages. 


Travel spending losses totaled nearly $500 billion in 2020—a loss of $1.6 billion for the U.S. economy each day. With additional relief and stimulus measures, the travel industry can help fuel America's economic and jobs recovery. 

Recovery Resources

Assessing Recovery Webinar Series: This monthly webinar series looks at a different aspect of the recovery of the travel and tourism industry and the broader economy. Watch past recordings, download recent slides and register for upcoming webinars here

NEW: Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers

Related Webinars:

  • Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Vaccine on the Recovery of Travel | Recording and Slides (January 21, 2021)
  • The Role of COVID-19 Testing in the Recovery of Travel | Recording and Slides (November 12, 2020)
  • Assessing Uncertainty Through Safety: New Guidance for the Travel Industry Recording and slides. (May 7, 2020)

Looking for ways to encourage visitors to follow best practices for health and safety? Resources are added regularly to our #TravelConfidently Toolkit.



Use the below materials to inform your communications with your members of Congress and help the travel industry speak with a united voice.

Letters Sent to Congress and Administration (2020-2021)

Page last updated February 19, 2021