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Jobs Originating through Launching Travel Act will strengthen the economy and national security

Washington – Today, the Visit U.S. Coalition applauded the introduction of the JOLT Act. This legislation will update and streamline programs to promote international travel to the U.S. – creating jobs and boosting the economy.

The JOLT Act was introduced by Reps. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.).

“Improving the economy through travel is a no-brainer – and the bipartisan JOLT Act lays the groundwork to for sustained economic growth through travel,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead. “By improving the visa process, strengthening national security, and welcoming vetted travelers, the U.S. will be able to realize economic benefits at hotels, restaurants, retail store, and attractions around the country.”

The JOLT Act would:

  • Strengthen visa processing by setting timely goals for applicants;
  • Create a pilot program at the State Department to utilize videoconferencing technology for applicants who easy access to U.S. embassies;
  • Rename the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) the Secure Travel Partnership to more accurately reflect the realities of security and travel facilitation within the program;
  • Modify the VWP to prevent overstays, and increase the ability of secure countries to participate;
  • Increase the ability of Canadians to stay up to 240 days per year;
  • Improve coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

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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.

The Visit U.S. Coalition, a new organization of travel industry companies that launched last November to promote travel to the United States, reports it is stepping up its advocacy with meetings with key leaders on Capitol Hill and a new video highlighting international travel as a key engine for growth across the American economy…

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Watch U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow, Asian American Hotel Owners Association President and CEO Chip Rogers, President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group Geoff Ballotti, and President and CEO of Best Western International David Kong, talk about the power of international travel to the U.S.

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Visit U.S. Coalition Responds with Concern to Administration’s Proposed Changes for Visa Applications

Washington – In response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to require additional information from visa applicants, the Visit U.S. Coalition released the following statement:

“International travel to the U.S. has the power to boost nearly all sectors of the U.S. economy, creating jobs in cities and towns across the country,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead. “Since 2015, the U.S. has lost market share in international travel, which translates to billions of dollars lost for the American economy. To reverse this trend and realize the economic benefits of international travel to the U.S., the visa process must be efficient while maintaining the highest levels of security.

“Imposing new, burdensome requirements on all potential visa applicants will significantly discourage international travel to the U.S. and negatively impact our nation’s ability to generate economic growth and create jobs for Americans. The Visit U.S. Coalition is committed to ensuring that policy changes do not further erode America’s market share of international travelers.  We look forward to working with the State Department to ensure that policies further both our national security and U.S. economic interests,” said Snead.

The Trump Administration’s recently proposed rule would require five years’ worth of data related to applicants’ social media accounts, telephone numbers, email addresses, and travel histories. The rule would have affected nearly 15 million travelers last year.

Earlier this year, the Visit U.S. Coalition 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.

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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.

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President Donald Trump’s move to impose tariffs on China and restrict travel from certain countries are helping fuel a sharp decline in international tourism and business visits to the U.S., the head of the travel industry’s umbrella group said.

Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, said Trump’s policies and rhetoric are steepening a drop in the $2.1 trillion industry that began in 2015 when a stronger dollar made international visits more expensive, economic growth in several countries was slumping and the rise of discount airlines in Europe made travel to other destinations more affordable.

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Roger Dow, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Travel Association, discusses the impact of President Donald Trump’s move to impose tariffs on China and restrict travel from certain countries on tourism to the U.S. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli on “Bloomberg Markets: Balance of Power.”

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Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, discusses the tourism economy in the U.S and why it is essential to increase foreign travel to the United States in order to help President Trump reach his GDP goals. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Amy Morris on Bloomberg Radio’s “Politics, Policy, Power and Law.”

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To paraphrase, poorly, Charles Dickens’ great novel A Tale of Two Cities, this is the best of times and the worst of times for the U.S. travel industry.

Just yesterday, Airlines for America, the Washington lobby group for the nation’s big airlines, predicted that a record number of people – 151 million of them – would fly during the two-month period from March 1 through April 30. That includes the spring break season, the Easter holiday, the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments and a large number of major business conferences scattered around the nation, all of which generate lots of extra travel demand.

Yet at the very same time, travel industry groups ranging from the American Hotel & Lodging Association to the National Retail Federation, and other organizations ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the American Gaming Association, are so worried by a 1.7 percentage point drop in the United States’ share of total international travel that 15 such organizations have banded together to launch an aggressive advertising, information and lobbying campaign. That campaign, being conducted under the banner of the VISIT U.S. Coalition, is aimed at regaining that lost share, which they claim is worth $32.2 billion more annually in retail travel spending by 7.4 million more foreign visitors to this country, plus an estimated 100,000 more U.S. jobs.

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Strong Majorities Equate Robust Inbound Travel with Healthy U.S. Economy

Washington—Huge majorities of Americans believe thriving international inbound travel is both compatible with sound national security and important to the domestic economy, according to a Morning Consult poll released Wednesday by the Visit U.S. Coalition.

Visit U.S., a broad-based coalition of American industry groups, formed in January for the purpose of urging the Trump administration to embrace the growth and job-creating power of international inbound tourism while maintaining its focus on robust homeland security.

The new survey of 1,985 registered voters reveals that overwhelming majorities of Americans—including right-of-center voters—support that approach.

“The message from the American people is clear: we can have strong security while welcoming lucrative, legitimate travel to the U.S.,” said Visit U.S. spokesman Amos Snead. “International dollars don’t just support jobs in the hospitality industry—these long-haul visitors have an underappreciated downstream impact. From Central Park to Park City to national parks, welcoming travelers to the United States is one way we as Americans show people from all over the world what is unique and great about America.”

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Some of the poll’s most notable findings:

Voters support international tourism in America.

  • 66% of registered voters say they support international travelers visiting the U.S.

Support for tourism includes Trump voters.

  • 60 percent of Trump voters support international travelers to the U.S.
  • 58 percent of Trump voters say the U.S. should continue to welcome about the same or more visitors to the U.S.

There is overwhelming recognition the U.S. can have a strong travel industry and strong national security simultaneously.

Share of voters who agree with the following statements:

  • The U.S. can have a strong travel industry and strong national security at the same time (79% agree)
  • The U.S. can welcome international travelers and do so securely (78%)
  • International travelers visiting the U.S. do not pose a risk to national security if they are vetted and approved (65%)

Strong majorities recognize the positive impact international travelers have across economic entities, spanning the travel industry and beyond.

Share of voters who say international travelers visiting the U.S. have a positive impact on:

  • Tourism industry workers (76% positive impact) and businesses (73%)
  • The U.S. economy (73%) and their state or local economy (66%)
  • American small businesses (60%)

Similarly, voters say the decline in international travelers visiting the U.S. has a negative impact on key economic factors.

Voters were informed the U.S. share of global international travel has declined since 2015, and asked if this had a positive, negative or no impact on economic indicators. Share of voters who say the decline in the number of international travelers visiting the U.S. has a negative impact on:

  • Businesses that rely on tourism, such as restaurants and storefronts (58% negative impact)
  • Tourism businesses (59%) and workers (58%)
  • The U.S. economy (54%)

Voters find messages invoking American tradition and economic gain as compelling when discussing the need for more international travelers visiting the U.S.

The following messages are most effective with voters that the U.S. should encourage international travelers to visit:

  • “International travelers are some of this country’s best customers, spending billions in our stores, restaurants, hotels and attractions.” (58% convincing to voters; 40% find very or extremely convincing)
  • “Increasing inbound travel to the United States will not only support the American economy, but give the world a unique understanding of what makes America great.” (57% convincing to voters; 41% find very or extremely convincing)
  • “America is and has always been a welcoming country and travel is a huge part of our tradition and our economy.” (57% convincing to voters; 40% find very or extremely convincing)
  • “Declining international travel to the U.S. could result in a loss of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs for the U.S. economy. (53% convincing to voters; 49% find very or extremely convincing)

America’s share of the global travel market has shrunk over the last two years, from 13.6 percent in 2015 to 11.9 percent last year. This lucrative market is expanding, yet our country continues to fall behind. While global long-haul travel volume rose by 7.9 percent overall, growing numbers of international travelers are choosing destinations in Europe or Asia over trips to the U.S. Our top competitors, such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom, all saw their global travel market shares go up. In fact, Spain recently announced that it has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s second-most-visited country.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that millions of American jobs are at risk if this trend continues, and that the consequences for our country’s economy could be dire—even amidst the relatively strong fundamentals and low unemployment rate we are currently enjoying. A 1.7 percent decline, from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent, may not seem like much, but let me put it this way: If we had merely maintained our 2015 percentage share of the global market, our economy would have benefitted from 7.4 million additional overseas visitors, $32.2 billion in additional spending and 100,000 additional American jobs.

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Bloomberg Radio’s Rich Johnson discusses the Visit U.S. Coalition’s newly announced policy agenda.

The Visit U.S. Coalition on Wednesday rolled out proposals aimed at reversing the decline in inbound international travelers to the United States.

The recommendations urge leaders in Washington, D.C., to “promote the United States” as a destination and actively welcome visitors.

Proposed measures include supporting marketing efforts and designating a senior government official to focus on tourism.

Visit U.S. also wants to make it easier for residents of certain countries to enter the U.S. by adding countries to the visa waiver program, by developing criteria for 10-year travel visa validity for certain countries, and by increasing the number of visa-processing facilities in high demand countries.

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Washington—Today, the Visit U.S Coalition rolled out a targeted policy agenda, aimed at reversing the years-long decline in inbound international travelers to the United States and borrowing from President Trump’s message to the world, that travelers from around the globe know that America is open for business.

“Winning back international visitors is the key to growing our economy and unlocking billions of dollars and thousands more American jobs,” said coalition spokesman Amos Snead. “Working with the Administration to streamline travel and screening processes and embrace travel as a national priority, we can attract more visitors to the United States and give the world a unique understanding of what makes America great.”

Visit U.S. stands ready to partner with the Administration and Congress to reverse the decline in U.S. global travel market share that has been occurring since 2015, according to official government data.   Embracing policies that enable America to reach this goal and securely welcome 88 million international visitors will directly support 1.3 million U.S. jobs and create a total of $294 billion in travel exports – crucial to achieving the Administration’s economic goals.  This bold, short-term objective supports the longer-term visitor goal recommended by the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce.  The coalition endorses the following positions to achieve this goal.

“The president knows our business, because it’s his business; he understands how important travelers and their spending are to the American economy,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. “When a traveler from abroad visits one of our great destinations, it’s not just money injected into the hotel and travel industry, but the restaurants they dine in, the shops where they purchase a souvenir from their trip. Tourism dollars support so many industries and jobs, and it’s critical we regain our market share.”

“International travelers are some of our best customers, spending billions in American hotels, restaurants, stores, and attractions,” said Katherine Lugar, President and CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association. “At a time when the U.S. trade deficit is growing, travel and tourism has been a bright spot, and is actually our country’s second largest export. That’s why we are concerned to see international travel to the U.S. on the decline – so many businesses are hurt by this decline. We are committed to working with the Administration to reverse this downward trend, and welcome more visitors from around the world to our great country.”

“Travel and tourism continues to be one of the backbones of America’s overall economy. In 2015, the timeshare industry alone contributed $79.5 billion to the U.S. economy,” said Howard Nusbaum, President and CEO of the American Resort Development Association. “Travel provides much more than economic value. It’s an opportunity to experience a different culture. Studies have shown that those who travel to the U.S. have a higher opinion of our country than those who have not visited the United States. In short, travel and tourism creates a true person-to-person diplomacy opportunity. We look forward to working closely with the Administration to put forward policies that will allow for smart and safe travel to our great nation.”

“Like the other coalition members, ASAE is concerned about the decline in international travel to the United States,” said American Society of Association Executives President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE. “It’s in our common interest to work with our association partners and policymakers to reverse this downward trajectory. We understand and support the need for security, but we also need to better communicate that America is a welcoming destination for international visitors.”

“Each year, the US exhibitions industry conducts more than 9,400 exhibitions spanning all 50 states that contribute approximately $80 billion to the US GDP through direct, indirect and induced impact spending,” said IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, FASAE. “International attendees and exhibitors are an integral part of sustaining this global industry and we support any policies by the US Administration that makes international visitors in any form easier to the United States.”

“When international visitors come to the U.S., they support American businesses. By spending at hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and more, travelers are essential to creating jobs in our communities,” said International Franchise Association President & CEO Robert Cresanti. “The Visit U.S. Coalition’s message, that America is open for business, is IFA’s message, and we are proud to be a member.”

“Welcoming international visitors while keeping the country safe should be a leading national priority,” said National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers are feeling the impact of a strengthened economy and are anticipating a solid year ahead, but we can achieve faster and sustained growth by encouraging global customers to visit the United States and shop in our stores. There are several commonsense steps we can take, such as making the visa system more accessible without undermining security, that will go a long way in reversing a troubling decline in international tourism and promoting jobs and economic growth here at home.”

“Robust international travel helps to power the U.S. commercial real estate markets, not only hospitality properties but retail, attraction, health and investment properties as well,” said Jeffrey D. DeBoer, President and CEO of The Real Estate Roundtable.  “We look forward to continuing to work to emphasize that America is a uniquely welcoming, interesting and safe travel destination for international visitors.   Positive national tourism policies boost overall economic growth, support and create jobs, generate revenues to help modernize our infrastructure, and generally improve the quality of life in our communities.”

“Whether it’s as simple as choosing the best flight, hotel or short-term rental in which to stay, or as crucial as choosing in what region of the country to start exploring, Travel Tech members are on the front lines when it comes to helping international travelers make the best choices for every aspect of their visit to the United States,” said Steve Shur, President of The Travel Technology Association. “Travel Tech and its members are proud to be an integral part of a strong travel and tourism industry, which has great benefits for all sectors of our economy and communities across the country. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration in support of efforts to make certain the U.S. is open for travel.”

“We can generate even greater economic growth here at home if we recapture our share of the international travel market,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It makes good business sense to welcome more international travelers to the United States. It creates more opportunities for international visitors to purchase more American goods and services, which helps drive economic growth and job creation for American workers. That’s why the U.S. Chamber is pleased to be working with our partners from across industry to raise this as an economic imperative and a public policy priority.”

“The president understands how to stimulate prosperity and job growth, as evidenced by his tax cut package and his focus on economy-boosting priorities such as infrastructure,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “International tourism is an incredibly potent driver of economic activity and job creation, but America is falling behind the rest of the world in attracting those dollars. Recapturing the U.S. market share of international travel would further strengthen his economic record and help realize his vision of consistent three percent GDP growth.”

Find the full policy agenda here.

The Visit U.S. Coalition, which formed earlier this year with the goal of reversing the decline in international visitation to the U.S., proposed that the Trump administration designate a senior official focused on elevating travel and tourism to a national priority.

The proposal was part of a targeted policy agenda the coalition released Wednesday, aimed at reversing a decline in inbound international travelers to the U.S. that began in 2015.

“The president understands how to stimulate prosperity and job growth, as evidenced by his tax-cut package and his focus on economy-boosting priorities such as infrastructure,” said U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow. “International tourism is an incredibly potent driver of economic activity and job creation, but America is falling behind the rest of the world in attracting those dollars. Recapturing the U.S. market share of international travel would further strengthen his economic record and help realize his vision of consistent three percent GDP growth.”

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A new coalition of powerful business groups is set to propose a raft of proposals to stem a decline in tourism by making it easier for visitors to come to the country.

The Visit U.S. Coalition, formed last month by more than a dozen major business groups, will call for expanding and renaming the Visa Waiver Program, according to a draft set of policy recommendations given to the Washington Examiner. The coalition also will push for greater access to travel visas and increased efficiency at Customs, along with ramped-up hiring of Customs and Border Protection officers.

The group is hoping to liberalize some aspects of the border system at the same time that the Trump administration has sought to tighten border controls and increase immigration restrictions, including President Trump’s travel ban executive order.

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U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow speaks to NPR Morning Edition’s Rachel Martin and David Greene about the Visit U.S. Coalition.

Asian American Hotel Owners Association President and CEO Chip Rogers recently spoke with Bloomberg’s Steve Potisk about the decline in the U.S. share of overseas travel over the past two years and the travel industry’s plans to reverse the trend through the Visit U.S. Coalition.

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Washington – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today became the newest member of the Visit U.S. Coalition, a group of organizations and industries united in the goal of promoting international travel to the U.S. to grow the economy and create jobs. Working alongside the White House and Congress in support of American businesses, the Visit U.S. Coalition is committed to stimulating international travel in support of sustained economic growth.

“When international visitors come to the U.S., they support American businesses. By spending at hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and more, travelers are essential to creating jobs in our communities,” said IFA president and CEO Robert Cresanti. “The Visit U.S. Coalition’s message, that America is open for business, is IFA’s message, and we are proud to be a member.”

In 2015, the U.S. share of the global travel market fell for the first time in a decade, and has continued its decline. Simply put, more people are traveling globally, but less are choosing to visit the U.S – meaning that other countries are surpassing the U.S. and leading when it comes to international travel. If the U.S. has maintained market share in international inbound travel, it would have welcomed 7.4 million international visitors, seen $32.2 billion in spending, and had the opportunity to create 100,000 American jobs.

“The Visit U.S. Coalition is excited to add IFA to its roster of organizations that are fighting to increase economic activity and create jobs with international travel to the U.S.,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead. “As an advocate for small and large franchises across the country, IFA understands what it takes for American businesses to prosper.”

IFA advocates for nearly 733,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In joining the Visit U.S. Coalition, IFA is adding its name to an impressive group of organizations working together to grow the economy through travel. Coalition members include: American Gaming Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, American Resort Development Association, American Society of Association Executives, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation, Real Estate Roundtable, Society of Independent Show Organizers, Travel Technology Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Travel Association.

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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.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the country added 200,000 jobs in January, which exceeded expectations and marked 88 straight months of job growth; the unemployment rate has remained steady at 4.1 percent for the last four months—its lowest level in 17 years; average hourly wages for private sector workers climbed 2.9 percent on the year—the strongest year-over-year shift since June 2009—and 0.2 percent from the previous month.

Historically, a strong economy has spurred strong travel and tourism numbers that boost the hospitality real estate sector—led by domestic travel and buoyed by international travel, which has been a mainstay export for the U.S. for years.

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The numbers considered travelers’ spending on food, lodging, souvenirs, entertainment, and transportation during their trips. The spending drops in 2016 and 2017 marked the first time since 2002 and 2003 that international visitor spending in the U.S. fell for two consecutive years, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

The U.S. wasn’t as affordable last year as it has been in recent years for top visitor markets in Europe, Brazil, and Japan as the U.S. dollar continues to improve.

The U.S. Travel Association, in a statement, said that the international visitor spending slump is a stark contrast to 2010 to 2015 when such spending grew by 48 percent —more than twice as fast as the 21 percent increase in other exports of U.S. goods and services.

“Simply put, sustained declines in international visitor spending mean fewer U.S. jobs and less revenue for public services throughout states and local economies, said
Patricia Rojas-Ungár, U.S. Travel’s vice president for public affairs. “International travel is our country’s No. 1 service export, and 15.3 million American workers depend on a healthy travel industry for their employment.”

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Washington – Today, the Department of Commerce released 2017 data for international trade in goods and services, which according to travel industry analysis, reflects a 3.1 percent decrease in visitor spending over the past year—the second consecutive annual drop in 15 years. In response, the Visit U.S. Coalition released the following statement:

“Today’s release brings into sharp focus the urgent need to reverse the decline in international inbound travel to the United States,” said Visit U.S. spokesman Amos Snead. “The number of international travelers to the U.S. has been declining since 2015—and every year of decline represents billions of dollars lost, and that ripple effect is felt throughout the American economy. The Visit U.S. Coalition was formed to work with the Administration to increase international inbound travel, and thus increase economic growth. Through smart policies and a welcoming message, we can ensure that the United States is the most secure and most visited country in the world.

“The two-year falloff in international visitor spending tracks with America’s loss in long-haul market share, which fell from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent between 2015 to 2017, while global travel volume increased 7.9 percent in the same period,” said Snead. “Around the globe, more people are traveling than ever before, and we cannot allow the U.S. to fall behind other nations in attracting international travelers. President Trump has made it a priority to shrink our trade deficit and growing inbound travel can play a big part of achieving that success.”

The Commerce Department reported today that following a 2.8 percent decline in 2016, spending by international visitors in the U.S. fell 3.1 percent in 2017 to a level or $149 billion — the lowest level since 2013. The declines in 2016 and 2017 in international visitor spending in the U.S. marked the first time since the 2002-2003 that this spending declined over two consecutive years. From 2015 to 2017, spending by international visitors declined by 5.8 percent, while other U.S. exports increased by 3.5 percent.

The overall trade surplus in travel was $70 billion in 2017 – down from $84 billion in 2016 – making it the smallest trade surplus since 2010.

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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.

Washington – Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union:

“The economic gains touted by President Trump in tonight’s speech send the powerful message to the world that America is open for business. By bringing vetted international travelers to U.S. destinations, we can create American jobs and grow the economy. The Visit U.S. Coalition looks forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to lead the world when it comes to travel.”

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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.

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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.
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Visit U.S. Coalition Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Growing the United States Economy at Davos

Washington – The Visit U.S. Coalition applauded President Trump’s, pro-business, pro-travel statement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“President Trump used this opportunity to give the world a clear message – ‘America is open for business.’ By inviting international travelers to the U.S., we can show them what makes America great, bolster our economy, and grow jobs,” said Visit U.S. Coalition spokesman Amos Snead.

Since 2015, international travel to the United States has declined, while global travel has grown. The decline in the U.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.

“Through increased international travel to the United States, we can help achieve the Trump Administration’s stated goal of a 3 percent increase in GDP and make sure America is winning when it comes to travel. America is open for business and international travelers.” 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 both the most secure and most-visited country in the world.

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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.

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Last week, a number of trade organizations launched the Visit U.S. Coalition, aiming to reverse the decline in inbound visitors to the U.S., where global-travel share fell from 13.6% to 11.9% from 2015 to 2017, even as overall global travel increased 7.9%. Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association (a founding group), explained to news editor Johanna Jainchill why the Trump administration needs to make inbound travel a priority.

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America and Turkey have something in common: They’re the only two countries to suffer from a decline in long-haul travel since 2015.

Top tourism destinations such as the U.K., Australia and Italy have all benefited from an increase in visitors during the last two years, but America and Turkey haven’t shared in the expansion, according to data from the U.S. Travel Association.

The sharp decline in foreign visitors to the U.S. has alarmed several industries that rely on tourism, ranging from hotels to retailers. So they’re banding together to create a new coalition called Visit U.S. that aims to reverse the two-year trend. President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and his “America First” platform may be turning off foreign visitors, although the U.S. Travel Association pointed out that the decline began in 2015, well before Mr. Trump won the presidential election.

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Since the early days of his campaign, President Trump has identified the U.S. trade imbalance and the flight of jobs abroad as major economic concerns that his administration will address. To help meet these priorities, we hope he looks at one area of the economy with which he’s quite familiar: international travel.

Inbound travel is our country’s second-largest export, and international travelers are some of this country’s most valuable consumers. They spend billions of dollars annually at hotels, restaurants and retail stores while visiting destinations across the country. The benefits of these dollars stretch far beyond the travel industry itself, to a wide swath of economic sectors and to every corner of the country: in total, travel supports $2.3 trillion in economic output annually and 15.3 million American jobs.

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International tourism is growing at its fastest clip in seven years, but the U.S. is on pace for its sharpest drop in foreign travelers since the wake of the recession.

It’s a worrying trend for the travel and retail industries. International travelers tend to stay longer and spend more than their domestic counterparts.

In the first seven months of 2017, the U.S. took in 41 million international visitors, a 4 percent decline from the year-earlier period, according to the Commerce Department. That follows a more than 2 percent drop a year earlier.

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A new travel industry coalition is urging the Trump administration to help stem a drop in international visitors.

As more international travelers decide to skip the United States, 10 business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association, have created a travel industry group aimed at reversing the growing unpopularity of the U.S. as a vacation destination.

Historically, the U.S. had only to sit back and let foreign tourists and their money roll in. Over the past few years, though, that gravy train has begun to dry up, a trend that accelerated as President Donald Trump began to make good on campaign promises to restrict immigration. As a result, businesses that make up the multibillion-dollar industry relying on that revenue have grown increasingly nervous.

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WASHINGTON—Trade groups representing thousands of businesses and millions of jobs on Tuesday announced the official launch of the Visit U.S. Coalition, whose aim is to partner with the Trump administration to reverse the decline in U.S. competitiveness for international travel dollars.

The dip in U.S. market share is a hindrance to the president’s economic goals, which the Visit U.S. coalition intends to help correct. Research prepared for Visit U.S. by the U.S. Travel Association shows that while global travel volume increased 7.9 percent from 2015 to 2017, the U.S. slice of that growing pie fell from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent in the same period—the first drop after more than a decade of consistent growth.

 

If the U.S. had maintained its 2015 market share, its economy would have gained:

  • 7.4 million additional international visitors
  • $32.2 billion in additional spending
  • 100,000 additional jobs

“America is the best country in the world to visit, but we’re losing the competition for international travelers and the dollars they spend when they come here,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow, whose organization is a founding member of Visit U.S. “The Visit U.S. Coalition is founded on the principle that we can have strong security but at the same time welcome robust numbers of international business and leisure travelers. We can do both.

“Visit U.S. is committed to helping make the U.S. both the most-secure and most-visited country in the world.”

Founding members of the Visit U.S. Coalition include the:

  • American Gaming Association
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • International Association of Exhibitions and Events
  • National Restaurant Association
  • National Retail Federation
  • Real Estate Roundtable
  • Society of Independent Show Organizers
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Travel Association

The U.S. was one of only two destinations in the top dozen global markets to see a decline in long-haul inbound travel since 2015. The drop stands in stark contrast to other large economies around the world. Notable among the countries whose tourism shares have recently grown: France, Germany, Spain and China.

That trend bodes poorly for U.S. performance in trade and job creation. Travel is a Top 10 employer in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and international travel is the country’s No 1 service export and No. 2 export overall.

In the coming weeks, Visit U.S. will advance policy recommendations that support its shared objectives with the Trump administration.

“International visitors are of vital importance to the gaming industry and the United States economy,” said American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “We are excited to partner with our peers in the business community and eager to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that the United States is the world’s most secure, attractive and welcoming destination.”

“Travel and tourism is our country’s second largest export and we can’t afford to lose ground to other countries,” said American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) President and CEO Katherine Lugar. “Fewer visitors means fewer hotel stays, fewer meals eaten in our restaurants, fewer goods purchased in our retail stores, and fewer visits to our national attractions. It also means fewer American jobs and a loss to our economy. We are committed to working together with the Administration to balance a welcome message with strong security to ensure we don’t fall behind to other countries.”

“The U.S. economy is on the upswing, but we can grow even more by encouraging more travel to America,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “Travel creates jobs and economic activity across a swath of industries and sectors as people visit the U.S. and spend their time and money with American businesses. The Chamber is proud to join with our partners in the business community to make the case for a renewed focus on travel as a driver of economic growth and American prosperity.”

“The National Restaurant Association supports the Visit U.S. Coalition’s efforts to promote tourism as one out of every five dollars spent in a restaurant is directly related to travel.” National Restaurant Association Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Steve Danon.

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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.

https://www.visituscoalition.com/

The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) is launching a “Visit U.S.” coalition next week, through which multiple travel-related industries will communicate to the current administration the importance of reversing this decline in international travel and offering suggestions for how to do so.

USTA’s website says that there were 1.7 million fewer international visitors to the U.S. in the first seven months of 2017 as compared to those same months in 2016, and as a result, 40,800 jobs are at risk. Majority of these are in the hotel and food-service industries, where foreign tourism is often essential.

“Flourishing international travel is vital to President Trump’s economic goal of sustained 3 percent GDP growth, and the Visit U.S. coalition is being founded for the express purpose of helping him achieve it,” said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow.

Dow feels that the United States needs to take more care with regard to its tourism industry.

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NEW YORK — Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend.

Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-term, going back to 2015, and said they would work with the Trump administration to reverse the decline.

In a conference call Tuesday, coalition representatives said they’re not blaming Trump administration rhetoric and policies, though others in the travel industry have nicknamed the decline the “Trump Slump.”

Organizers cited factors like the strong U.S. dollar, complex visa requirements and low-cost air travel in other markets. Proposals to reverse the decline include smoother visa processing and more welcoming messages.

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A coalition of trade organizations has joined forces to try and reverse the decline in international visitation to the U.S., where global travel share fell from 13.9% to 11.9% from 2015-2017, even as global travel volume increased 7.9%.

The Visit U.S. Coalition aims to partner with the Trump administration to tackle the dip, calling it a “hindrance to the president’s economic goals.” The coalition’s founding members include the U.S. Travel Association, American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Restaurant Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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President Trump’s statement about immigrants aren’t solely responsible for the drop in international travel to the U.S. but they’re not helping, according to members of a new industry coalition dedicated to promoting international tourism to the country.

The coalition, dubbed Visit U.S., formally launched Tuesday and is aimed at reversing a drop in international visitors to the U.S. since 2015. The group, which includes travel, retail, hotel and gaming industry leaders, says it hopes to work with the Trump administration to send out a message that visitors are welcome in the U.S.

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The United States is open for business.

That’s the message a new industry group, the Visit U.S. Coalition, wants to send to other countries amid a decline in the number of international travelers coming to the United States.

The U.S. Travel Association, joined by nine other trade associations, is spearheading the effort, which centers on working with the Trump administration and getting agencies to collaborate on a common set of policies.

“We’ve looked at an administration that has been quite distracted with getting tax reform done” and working on health care, Roger Dow, the travel group’s chief executive, said Tuesday. “Now we think the time is right.”

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While global travel volume increased 7.9 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to research
prepared for Visit U.S. by the U.S. Travel Association, the U.S. slice of that growing pie fell
from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent during that time period – the first drop after more than a
decade of consistent growth. That decline is a hindrance to the administration’s economic
goals of 3 percent GDP growth, noted Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association president and
CEO, in a teleconference on Tuesday.

While it might not be apparent to many, the country is experiencing steep losses in jobs and
economic activity as a result of the decline in inbound international
travel, said Dow. If the U.S. had maintained its 2015 market share, the
economy would have gained:

  • 7.4 million additional international visitors
  • $32.2 billion in additional spending
  • 100,000 additional jobs

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The number of trips made by global travelers surged 7% last year, according to new projections from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Meanwhile, trips to the U.S. fell by about 4%.

The decline, which follows a 2% drop in 2016, allowed Spain to overtake the U.S. as the second-most visited country in the world. Spain welcomed an estimated 82 million visitors last year, up 9% from 2016. The number of trips to the U.S. was roughly 73 million.

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Persuading international travelers to visit the United States never used to be difficult. But things have gotten a little more complicated.

According to the Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office, the number of international visitors in the first half of 2017 fell 4 percent from a year earlier. Those in the travel industry point to factors like a global market that gives tourists more possible destinations, the strength of the dollar and tightening visa restrictions.

They also say the messages coming from the Trump administration — the latest example being President Trump’s vulgar comment about Haiti and African nations — play a role.

“Although the policy of the administration has not been targeted towards tourists, per se, tourists around the world are asking themselves whether they’re welcome in the United States,” said Daniel Korschun, associate professor of marketing at Drexel University, who focuses on the intersection of advertising and politics. “That’s surely a factor in the sagging performance.”

This week, the United States Travel Association plans to announce that industry groups are forming the Visit U.S. Coalition in an attempt to combat the slump through advocacy, lobbying, advertising and other methods. Members include the American Gaming Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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The U.S. Travel Association noted that the travel sector outperformed overall U.S. export growth during the prior five years; the industry generated an $87 billion trade surplus in 2016, without which the U.S. trade deficit that year would have been 17 percent higher. Overall, the U.S. travel industry supports 15.3 million unexportable American jobs. “For our country to have any hopes of closing the trade gap, international inbound travel must perform, simple as that,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. “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.”

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“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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Roger DOW, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association discusses the drastic drops in international travel to the United States. Dow states that the travel industry provides a great amount of jobs and impacts our country’s economy so it is important that we see a switch in numbers soon. Dow goes on to discuss the U.S. Coalition and how that is going to serve as a tool to boosting international travel to the United States.

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Facing a prolonged dip in international tourist visits, the U.S. Travel Association is gathering allies to make the case to the Trump administration that the travel industry needs friends in high places. U.S. Travel plans to launch the Visit U.S. Coalition, a group of organizations representing industries mostly outside of travel, later this month, as reported earlier by the Los Angeles Times. The coalition won’t have any consumer-facing messaging. Rather, the group will be aimed at opening more dialogue with the Trump administration, said Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based association.

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According to the U.S. Travel Association, international travelers spend around $4,300 when they visit the U.S. and stay an average of 18 nights. Overseas travel spending, amounting to $246 billion in 2016, directly supports about 1.2 million American jobs. Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Travel Association, told the Los Angeles Times that the declining numbers are an “undeniable wake-up call” and that “we must turn this into a national priority.”

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U.S. Travel plans to launch the Visit U.S. Coalition, a group of organizations representing industries mostly outside of travel, later this month, as reported earlier by the Los Angeles Times. The coalition won’t have any consumer-facing messaging. Rather, the group will be aimed at opening more dialogue with the Trump administration, said Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based association. Multiple sectors have a stake in travel, said Grella, and too often different industries are competing for President Trump’s ear on an issue that might be impacting many. If multiple industries organized and presented a unified front on an issue such as decreased visitation to the United States, travel might have a better chance of being heard, said Grella.

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U.S. Travel Association Chief Executive Roger Dow has called the government data “deeply concerning … to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States” and said “correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority.” A new industry coalition, Visit U.S., is planning to highlight the contributions of foreign tourists, who according to the trade group generated $246 billion in spending in 2016 and directly support 1.2 million jobs.

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The U.S. Travel Association will soon launch a new coalition to encourage foreign visitors to travel to the U.S. after a sharp decline last year in the number of tourists and business travelers entering the country, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

“Visit US” plans to deliver the message that the U.S. welcomes foreign visitors, Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs at U.S. Travel, told the newspaper. Details of the coalition will be unveiled in coming weeks, he added.

The number of foreign visitors traveling to the U.S. declined 4 percent during the first six months of 2017 compared with the same time period the previous year, according to government figures. Some in the travel industry have blamed President Donald Trump, saying his travel ban on travelers from some Muslim-majority countries and his nationalist rhetoric have convinced many foreigners that the U.S. doesn’t welcome outsiders. However, the L.A. Times also noted the U.S. dollar’s growing strength against other currencies and new airport security measures may also be to blame.

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International travelers generated $246 billion in spending in 2016 according to the U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation’s travel industry. About half of all foreign visitors to the U.S. come from Mexico and Canada, with the rest coming from Europe, Japan, China and Brazil, among other countries.

Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Travel Assn., said the declining visitor numbers are an “undeniable wake-up call that we must turn this into a national priority.”

The trade group plans to launch a coalition with other U.S. industries, called “Visit USA,” he said. The goal is to send the message that the U.S. welcomes international visitors, Grella said, adding that the travel group plans to announce details of the coalition in the next few weeks.

He declined to blame Trump’s anti-immigration diatribes for the decline in visitors but said “a very big portion of the coalition’s work is to promote more balanced rhetoric.”

“We want to get to the place that the administration says we are closed for terrorism but open for business,” Grella said.

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With international visitation to the U.S. continuing to decline, travel industry leaders say they plan to form a coalition of American businesses to send the message that the country welcomes foreign tourists.

In the first six months of the year, international visitors to the U.S. dropped 4% to 41 million visitors compared to the same period in 2016, according to the latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office. It marks a change of direction for visitation numbers, which had been surging for a few years.

Travel leaders have placed part of the blame for the decline on Donald Trump, who launched his presidential campaign by criticizing immigrants from Mexico and later pushed for a ban on travel from several largely Muslim countries.

Other experts attribute the slowdown to the strength of the U.S. dollar compared to many foreign currencies and new security measures on air travel to the U.S.

International travelers generated $246 billion in spending in 2016 according to the U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation’s travel industry. About half of all foreign visitors to the U.S. come from Mexico and Canada, with the rest coming from Europe, Japan, China and Brazil, among other countries.

Jonathan Grella, executive vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Travel Assn., said the declining visitor numbers are an “undeniable wake-up call that we must turn this into a national priority.”

The trade group plans to launch a coalition with other U.S. industries, called “Visit USA,” he said. The goal is to send the message that the U.S. welcomes international visitors, Grella said, adding that the travel group plans to announce details of the coalition in the next few weeks.

He declined to blame Trump’s anti-immigration diatribes for the decline in visitors but said “a very big portion of the coalition’s work is to promote more balanced rhetoric.”

“We want to get to the place that the administration says we are closed for terrorism but open for business,” Grella said.

A representative for the White House didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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TRAVEL BUDDIES: A new coalition has launched to focus on inbound travel to the United States. “Our collective aim is to spotlight the value of international travel to the Trump administration and encourage a shift in tone and policy to better facilitate secure travel to America,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, in a video posted to Twitter on Friday.

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