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U.S. Travel Honors Destination Marketers, Tourism Leaders at ESTO

the U.S. Travel Association | August 22, 2019

AUSTIN, TX (August 22, 2019) - The U.S. Travel Association announced the recipients of the 2019 Destiny and Mercury Awards and the State Tourism Director of the Year at its 36th annual ESTO conference (the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations), held August 17-20 in Austin, TX. Twenty-three U.S. Travel member organizations were honored for excellence and creative achievements in destination marketing and inspiring the continued development of imaginative promotional programs. Destiny and Mercury Awards The Destiny Awards recognize excellence in destination marketing on the local and regional level, while the Mercury...

South Carolina’s Duane Parrish Named 2019 State Tourism Director of the Year

U.S. Travel Association | August 20, 2019

AUSTIN, TX (August 20, 2019) — Duane Parrish of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been named national State Tourism Director of the Year for 2019. Parrish was announced as the honoree before more than 1,000 destination marketing professionals at the U.S. Travel Association's annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference, the premier annual gathering for destination and tourism leaders, held this year in Austin, TX. U.S. Travel's National Council of State Tourism Directors—a body representing the tourism offices of all states and U.S. territories—votes on the award annually ahe...

Study: A Record 768 Million U.S. Vacation Days Went Unused in ’18, Opportunity Cost in the Billions

U.S. Travel Association | August 19, 2019

WASHINGTON American workers left a record number of vacation days on the table last year—768 million days, up 9% from 2017—according to new research from the U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos. Of the unused days, 236 million were forfeited completely, equating to $65.5 billion in lost benefits. More than half (55%) of workers reported they did not use all their allotted time off. While American workers are leaving more unused days on the table, they are also taking more days of paid time off; American workers took off an average of 17.2 days in 2017 and 17.4 days in 2018. Employment in the U.S. is st...

Travel Trends Index: Travel Posts Worst Overall Performance in Nine Months

U.S. Travel Association | August 6, 2019

Leisure travel growth offset by flat business segment and contraction in int'l inbound travel WASHINGTON -- August 6, 2019 -- Travel to and within the U.S. grew 2.4% year-over-year in June, according to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—travel's worst performance since September 2018. Most concerning is the 0.8% contraction of international inbound travel, which brought the sector's six-month trend below zero for the first time since September 2015. This drop in international inbound travel follows Friday's news that travel employment tumbled in July, losing 2,500 jobs despite the relative strength of th...

U.S. Travel Assn. Welcomes Destination DC President and CEO Elliott L. Ferguson II as National Chair

U.S. Travel Association | February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (February 22, 2019)— The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday announced the election of Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of Destination DC, as its new national chair. Ferguson, who served on the board for seven years, succeeds Wyndham Hotels and Resorts' president and CEO Geoff Ballotti. "Elliott is a leader with vision and skill, as evidenced by his organization's successful positioning of the District as a foremost destination for domestic and international travelers alike," said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow. "Elliott's track record as a guardian of the travel ...

U.S. Travel to International Destinations Increased Nine Percent in 2017

September 10, 2018

The U.S. resident outbound market reached record 87.7 million travelers in 2017, up nine percent from 2016. The 'outbound' market has been strong since 2014 (see graph, above). Travel to overseas countries (38.3. million, a record) increased nine percent. Travel to Mexico (35.1 million), singly the largest outbound market (market share 40 percent), was up 12 percent and set a record. Travel to Canada (14.3 million) was up three percent. The top overseas regions were Europe, up 15 percent, and the Caribbean, up 10 percent. The top overseas countries visited by U.S. residents in 2017 were the United Kingdom (3.8 million), Dominican Republ...

Industry Execs Talk International Travel With President Trump, Senior Aides

U.S. Travel Association | September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (September 5, 2018)—The U.S. Travel Association, joined by CEOs of 13 member companies, met Tuesday at the White House with the president of the United States and senior administration officials. The president and industry leaders discussed travel's essential contributions to the U.S. economy and job creation, and the importance of international inbound travel to trade deficit reduction. "Our discussion with the president was simple: a strong flow of international business and leisure travelers into the U.S. reduces the trade deficit and creates an outsize number of American jobs," said Roger Dow, presiden...

U.S. Travel Honors Tourism Marketers at ESTO

the U.S. Travel Association | August 16, 2018

PHOENIX (August 16, 2018)—The U.S. Travel Association announced the recipients of the 2018 Mercury and Destiny Awards and the State Tourism Director of the Year at its 35th annual ESTO conference (the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations), held here August 11-14. Twenty-six U.S. Travel member organizations were honored for excellence and creative accomplishments in destination marketing and inspiring the continued development of imaginative promotional programs. Mercury and Destiny Awards A full list of the Mercury and Destiny Award recipients is available online. The Destiny Awards recognize excellence in destination mar...

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