“For our country to have any hope of closing the trade gap, international inbound travel must perform, simple as that,” said U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow. “After almost a decade and a half of relatively sustained post-9/11 recovery, since 2015 there’s been evidence that the country has gotten complacent with the policies needed to support this vital economic engine and job creator.” The numbers reverse what had been a spending increase on the part of international travelers. Although the number of visitors who came to the U.S. through June was down, spending was up 3%. The numbers come ahead of U.S. Travel’s launch on Jan 16 of the Visit U.S. Coalition, of which U.S. Travel is a founding member. U.S. Travel said the coalition “will bring together a broad cross-section of industries whose goal is to partner with the Trump administration to address the decline in international visitation.”
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