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April 11, 2018
Contact: Andrea Riccio

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.


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.


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.”

Read the full report here.

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)

Since this post's publication, data has been updated. To view current international travel data review here

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.



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.