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U.S. Travel Association

  • Celebrate the Spirit of Travel

    National Travel and Tourism Week, the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the United States travel industry, will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year's theme: The Spirit of Travel.

  • A Blueprint to Reopen International Travel

    What will it take for international travel to make its full return?

  • An Updated 2020 Travel Forecast

    Though signs of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to emerge, a new study from the U.S. Travel Association indicates total travel spending in the United States is predicted to drop 45% by the end of 2020. This new data is spurring renewed calls for federal measures to support the industry that was one of the top U.S. employers and exporters prior to the pandemic.

  • Building Back Better

    In light of the growing critical needs of the travel industry, the U.S. Travel Association recently shared a document with President-elect Biden's transition team focusing on the organization's priorities for the first 100 days of President-elect Biden's administration. The document also helps outline the focus of U.S. Travel Association's advocacy work for the next several years.

  • CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the U.S.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the U.S. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The CDC says this strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

  • CDC Issues Guidance on Wearing Masks During Travel

    Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance that "strongly recommends appropriate masks be worn by all passengers and by all personnel" when traveling, including on airplanes, subways, buses, taxis and more.

  • Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day

    More than half of American workers (55%) failed to use all their time off in 2018.

  • COVID-19 Testing and Travel Recovery

    As many within the travel industry have realized, recovery is going to be multifaceted, with COVID-19 testing being of high importance.

  • Domestic Growth Offsets Sluggish International Market

    Travel to and within the United States grew 2.2% in November, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest U.S. Travel Association Travel Trends Index.

  • Duane Parrish Named 2019 State Tourism Director of the Year

    Duane Parrish of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been named national State Tourism Director of the Year for 2019.

  • Federal Package Offers Economic Relief for U.S. Workers and Companies

    The COVID-19 crisis is unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. Along with great personal sacrifice comes vast economic and financial hardship. The recently passed CARES economic relief package seeks to provide assistance to those who need it.

  • House Members Pushing Potential Relief for Destination Marketing Organizations

    More than 80 U.S. House members from both sides of the political aisle signed a letter urging congressional leaders to provide relief for destination marketing organizations whose funding has been crippled by the new coronavirus crisis.

  • Increasing International Inbound Travel

    Though domestic leisure travel is steadily growing within the United States, international inbound travel is suffering. Learn more about what U.S. Travel Association says could reverse the trend.

  • Industry Leaders React to New CDC Travel Guidance

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science.

     

    Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.

     

    The CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling—wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing and washing hands frequently.

     

    Because of the potential introduction and spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, differences in disease burden and vaccines, and vaccine coverage around the world, CDC is providing the following guidance related to international travel:

     

    • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
    • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S., unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
    • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the U.S. and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
    • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.

     

    The announcement has been well received by many in the travel industry, including NTA, which still advises travelers to continue to take protective measures while traveling, including wearing masks.

     

    "This announcement comes as welcome news to everyone in the industry," said Catherine Prather, President, NTA. "Many of our operators anticipated this next step and were scheduling tours that allowed vaccinated—or negative-tested—clients to climb aboard."

     

    Prather is also encouraged by the CDC saying that vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested prior to leaving the U.S. to visit other countries, although some destinations may require a negative test. She says while the association is eager to see more borders open up to travelers worldwide, this new CDC guidance is a positive step in a promising direction.

     

    Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO, also says the CDC's new travel guidance is a major step in the right direction.

     

    "The CDC's data suggests that vaccinated individuals don't transmit the coronavirus, which opens the door much wider for resuming travel, albeit while continuing to carefully follow other health best practices," said Dow. "Acknowledging that vaccinations eliminate the need for testing and quarantines removes a key barrier to domestic travel. Rescinding the recommendation that international visitors must quarantine also is an important incremental step."

     

    Dow also says the year-long halt on travel has devastated U.S. employment, with travel-supported jobs accounting for 65% of all U.S. jobs lost last year, and that this is an opportunity to begin reclaiming a lot of what's been lost.

     

    "The travel industry's mantra throughout the pandemic has been to be guided by the science, which clearly shows that now is the right time for this move," Dow explained. "Meanwhile, it remains important that all eligible Americans get vaccinated as soon as they can in order to more quickly recover the ability for all to travel freely."

     

    Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.

     

  • Let’s Go There!

    In an effort to accelerate travel's recovery, the Let's Go There Coalition—a broad collection of businesses and organizations spanning practically every segment of the American travel industry—have come together to address the extreme declines in travel related to the coronavirus pandemic with the Let's Go There campaign.

  • No Recovery Without Relief

    Now more than ever, it's clear the travel industry requires relief—especially when new data indicates that by December, 50% of all travel-supported jobs will be lost: an equivalent of 1.3 million jobs.

  • The COVID Relief NOW Coalition Calls on Congress to Act

    The COVID Relief NOW Coalition, a coalition of more than 300 major public and private sector groups, recently released a new ad, "Economic Relief Can't Wait," imploring Congress to pass additional COVID economic relief during the current lame duck session.

  • Travel in the New Normal

    Following a collaboration amongst medical experts and a broad array of businesses and organizations, the United States travel industry submitted to the White House and U.S. governors a document containing detailed guidance for travel-related businesses to help keep their customers and employees safe, as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Travel Matters!

    Established in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is the annual salute to travel in America.

  • U.S. Travel Hails Move to Grant REAL IDs Online

    U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to offer an online process to obtain REAL IDs: