The pandemic’s effect on global travel has cost the U.S. economy billions in lost spending, imperiled the livelihoods of millions of American workers and jeopardized travel businesses of all sizes.

Quick Facts

The travel industry is one of the hardest-hit industries in the economic fallout of the public health crisis: It is clear that there can be no broader economic recovery without a recovery within the travel industry. Until widespread travel fully resumes without restrictions, the travel industry will continue to need federal assistance to maintain operations and expedite the recovery process.

Recommendations

Ensure smooth and timely implementation of the global vaccine requirement for entry to the U.S.

Fully resume passport and visa processing services

Support additional funding for staffing and overtime pay at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Provide continued economic relief to travel businesses experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 protocols

Provide temporary tax credits to help revive business travel, particularly the conferences, conventions, and trade shows that form the backbone of business travel

Ensure businesses have access to affordable event cancellation and business interruption insurance coverage for pandemic-related losses

Research, News and Commentary on Economic Recovery

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U.S. Travel Reacts to Tighter Entry Restrictions for U.S. Arrivals

December 02, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the Biden administration’s announcement that it would tighten the pre-departure testing window for entry to the U.S. from three days for vaccinated travelers to one day.

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U.S. Travel Statement on Omicron-Related Travel Bans

November 28, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the Biden administration’s decision to reinstate travel restrictions on South Africa and seven other African nations.

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U.S. Travel Applauds Brand USA Bill Committee Passage

November 17, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passing the Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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