U.S. Travel Comments on End of Testing Policy for Inbound Chinese Travel
U.S. Travel Association | March 10, 2023
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement on news that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to end mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers from China to the United States: “We applaud the Biden administration for implementing a sensible policy and changing that policy as the situation evolved. The same logic should be utilized to immediately eliminate the vaccine requirement for international visitors to the U.S.”...
Hilton’s Chris Nassetta Elected National Chair of U.S. Travel Association
U.S. Travel Association | February 24, 2023
WASHINGTON (February 23, 2023)—The U.S. Travel Association announced on Thursday the election of Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, as national chair. In this role, Nassetta may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms. “The U.S. Travel Association has long been an incredible advocate for the travel industry and its significant contributions to our national and global economies,” Nassetta said. “I’m honored to represent our industry in this capacity and collaborate across sectors to advance the many opportunities ahead of us to create seamless, secure and efficient end-to-end travel experiences.” Nassetta will le...
Business Travel to Face Headwinds, Government Must Address Visa Delays, Travel Disincentives to Protect Economy
U.S. Travel Association | October 17, 2022
WASHINGTON (October 17, 2022)—The latest Business Travel Tracker finds American companies increasingly paring back pandemic-era restrictions on business travel amid developing storm clouds in the form of persistently high inflation and a looming recession—pointing to the need for immediate government intervention to sustain a positive rate of growth. Many companies slashed their business travel budgets during the pandemic, but less than half of companies (42%) still have policies in place restricting business travel—down from 50% in Q2. Businesses have shown a willingness to get back on the road, with 78% of business travelers ex...
U.S. Travel Applauds Introduction of Visitor Visa Wait Time Reduction Act
U.S. Travel Association | October 10, 2022
U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 9141—the Visitor Visa Wait Time Reduction Act: “We must stop turning away international travelers due to 400-plus day wait times that visitor visa applicants are facing worldwide. It is absolutely unacceptable and a significant deterrent to our national economic recovery. We applaud the bipartisan legislative action introduced by Reps. Salazar (R-FL) and Lee (D-NV) that directs the U.S. State Department to address this urgent problem. Spending by international travelers is critic...
U.S. Travel Honors Destination Marketers, Tourism Leaders at ESTO 2022
U.S. Travel Association | August 16, 2022
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (August 16, 2022)—U.S. Travel Association announced recipients of the 2022 Destiny and Mercury Awards and the State Tourism Director of the Year at the annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference, held August 6-9 in Grand Rapids, MI. Honors in 31 categories were awarded for excellence and creativity in destination marketing and inspiring visitation, a critical component to the continued recovery of the travel industry. “Each year at ESTO, we are proud to honor outstanding examples of destination marketing at the local, regional and state level,” said Nan Marchand Beauvois, General M...
Roger Dow to Be Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders
U.S. Travel Association | August 1, 2022
WASHINGTON (August 1, 2022)—Roger Dow, outgoing president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, will be honored as the 2022 inductee into U.S. Travel’s Hall of Leaders, the organization announced Friday. With Dow’s induction, 104 distinguished travel luminaries have been named to the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders since it was established in 1969 to recognize “sustained, noteworthy contributions that have positively impacted the travel industry.” “It’s difficult to imagine a more effective advocate for travel today than Roger Dow. His selection to our most distinguished body reflects his countless contributions and our indu...
U.S. Leisure Markets Maintain Summer Strength While Some Major Cities Make a Push as Well
July 26, 2022
While the calendar shows that the summer of 2022 is pushing toward its conclusion, travel season remains in high gear around the U.S. Aligned with that season, the latest four-week “bubble” charts from STR show that leisure-oriented travel remains the predominant force behind the top performing U.S. hotel markets. For the four-week period ending with 16 July, Oahu led the Top 25 Markets in average occupancy (84.2%) with a conspicuous boost during the Fourth of July holiday—the same period when most markets saw expected and significant demand declines. Oahu’s recent four-week occupancy also gained 9.3 percentage points ove...
Travel Trouble: Florida Tourism Slowing Amid Recession Fears, Robust Competition
Florida Atlantic University | June 23, 2022
BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 23, 2022) – Florida leisure travel is showing signs of decline in recent weeks, offering yet another challenge to employers and tourism officials still trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. After the Sunshine State’s tourism enjoyed a big bounce-back year in 2021, domestic and international travelers here now are finding discounts and blocks of availability in some markets. That usually doesn’t happen until the historically slow periods of August and September, said Peter Ricci, Ed.D., director of Florida Atlantic University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the College of Business. ...
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