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U.S. Travel Association

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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: