Washington – In advance of President Trump’s first State of the Union address, the Visit U.S. Coalition released “State of International Travel,” a video highlighting factors that have contributed to the recent decline in the United States’ share of the global travel market.
“Ahead of the President’s State of the Union, we want to make clear that international travel is key to long-term economic growth. It constitutes our second-largest export and directly supports 1.2 million American jobs,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead.
Overall, global long-haul travel has increased since 2015, yet the U.S. share of the global travel market has fallen for the first time in a decade. Simply put, more people are traveling globally, but fewer people are choosing to visit the U.S. The decline in America’s share of the international travel market is equivalent to the loss of 7.4 million international visitors, $32.2 billion in spending – and 100,000 American jobs.
During the first year of the Trump presidency the economy grew by 2.3 percent. The Visit U.S. Coalition wants to build upon these strong gains by working with the administration to grow America’s share of international travel.
“By bringing vetted international travelers to U.S. destinations, we can stimulate international travel spending and create jobs. The Visit U.S. Coalition looks forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to lead the world when it comes to travel,” said Snead.
The Visit U.S. Coalition has formed around the belief that Americans want both security and a robust economy – and can have both. Working alongside the White House and Congress in support of American businesses, Visit U.S. is committed to making America the most secure and most-visited country in the world.
The Visit U.S. Coalition represents a broad cross-section of industries that have come together to address the decline in international travelers to the U.S. and resulting opportunity cost to the U.S. economy and jobs.