Domestic and international inbound travel can bring people together from different backgrounds, bolster local economies and spur recovery efforts.

Quick Facts

Strong federal leadership can ensure a resurgence of domestic and international travel to the U.S.  In order to welcome back international visitors, restore business and leisure travel, and increase global competitiveness, policymakers must treat travel for what it is —a top employer in all 50 states, our nation's largest service export and a significant driver of GDP.  Importantly, the federal government must develop national goals and strategic plans to restore travel, accelerate rehiring, and facilitate long-term growth and competitiveness.

Recommendations

Create a new assistant secretary for travel and tourism position within the U.S. Department of Commerce

This new position will work across agencies to develop a coherent, government-wide plan to boost travel exports

Prioritize and elevate travel exports in U.S. trade agreements to promote the U.S. as a travel destination for international conventions, meetings and sporting events

Such as those pending with the UK, the EU, Japan and others

Support long-term, stable funding for Brand USA, the public-private partnership that promotes international travel to all regions of the U.S.

Research, News and Commentary on Global Competitiveness

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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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