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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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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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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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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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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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