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

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.

Recent progress: In March, President Biden signed the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill. The bill included the Restoring Brand USA Act, which provides $250 million in relief funding to the nation’s destination marketing organization.


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The Latest Travel Data

The Latest Travel Data

December 01, 2022

Monthly member-exclusive summary of the latest economic, consumer and travel indicators, trends and analysis featuring key highlights from the Recovery and Growth Insights Dashboard.
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Tourism Economics’ Adam Sacks highlighted that though the U.S. is likely headed towards a mild recession in 2023, travel is uniquely positioned for this downturn and expected to prevail largely...
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Travel Forecast

November 29, 2022

The latest forecast projects that domestic leisure travel, which has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, will remain resilient while domestic business travel will continue its slow but steady recovery. International inbound travel will remain sluggish as it continues to face headwinds, with a full recovery not expected prior to 2025.
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