Travel overall is by far the hardest-hit industry of the ongoing fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. A staggering 65% of all U.S. jobs lost in 2020 were supported by travel. Although hospitality and leisure unemployment continues to decline, from 15.9% in January to 10.8% in April, it remains significantly worse than overall U.S. unemployment (6%). The industry will not be able to fully recover without a swift return of all segments of travel, particularly business travel and inbound international travel. International travel and business travel accounted for 41% of all travel spending in 2019, but those two segments remain virtually halted.

Policy Priorities

Power of Travel Policy Platform


U.S. Travel remains in close contact with the White House, congressional leadership, the CDC, DHS and the SBA on relief and recovery policies to restore the travel economy. Recent letters and outreach can be found in the list below:

Business Travel

International Reopening


Paycheck Protection Program

Additional Efforts

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Use the materials below to reach your members of Congress and help the travel industry speak with a united voice on social media.

  • Call for the reopening of international travel using our latest social guide language and  graphics 
    • Find the Twitter handles for the members of Congress in your state via Tweet Congress

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Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act (S. 477/H.R. 1346). Use Power of Travel Coalition’s Action Alert to send an email or tag them in a tweet.  

  • This bill is estimated to deliver $600 billion in economic output that would not otherwise occur, shortening the timeline for recovery from five years to three years and restoring 1.5 million net new American jobs. The legislation would also boost federal, state, and local tax revenue by $43 billion. 

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Appeal to lawmakers using these local-market media materials. 

Published op-eds:


Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Travel has been in close contact with the White House, leaders in Congress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Treasury, and the Small Business Administration. Letters and outreach can be found in the list below:


Who we are: All travel employees, from hotel and rental car employees to theme park and cruise line workers, destination marketers, tour operators, small business owners, meeting planners and restaurant staff make up the Power of Travel Coalition, no registration is necessary. CLICK HERE if you would like to be added to receive Power of Travel Coalition Action Alerts.