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Travel Trends Index: Domestic and International Travel Weather the Shutdown Turbulence

U.S. Travel Association | March 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2019)—Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.2 percent year-over-year in January, according to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry's 109th straight month of overall expansion. But the predictive portions of the TTI continue to forecast a slowdown, as weakening global economic growth, trade tensions, and fading consumer and business confidence take hold in coming months. That could be problematic as the U.S. works to halt an erosion in its share of the competitive international travel market. Despite the 35-day partial federal government shutdown's...

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 ...

Travel Trends Index: Domestic Biz Travel Projected to Surge, Int’l Inbound Travel Falters

U.S. Travel Association | February 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (February 5, 2019)—Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.6 percent year-over-year in December, according to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry's 108th straight month of overall expansion. The growth trend is tempered by concerning signs in the lucrative international inbound market, however. That segment grew at a rate of 2.8 percent in December—well off November's hot pace of 3.8 percent growth year-over-year. Worse, the deceleration trend is expected to continue, with the Leading Travel Index (LTI) projecting international inbound travel to slow t...

U.S. Travel’s ‘Made in America’ Report Highlights Value, Importance of Promoting Tourism

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

WASHINGTON (August 16, 2018)—The U.S. Travel Association this week released an in-depth report detailing travel and tourism's indispensable role in states' and communities' economic health. Entitled "Made in America: Travel's Essential Contribution to Economic Development," the 50-page report utilizes case studies and economic data to educate policymakers and the public about the critical need for sustained efforts to promote their jurisdictions as travel destinations. While the report delivers a positive message, its findings warn that the financial toll for America's communities can be devastating w...

Spending by International Visitors Sharply Down in 2017, U.S. Government Data Shows

The U.S. Travel Association | January 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2018)—International travelers to the U.S. spent 3.3 percent less through November of 2017 than at the same point the previous year, according to the November International Trade report released Friday by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The 3.3 percent spending drop translates to losses of $4.6 billion spent in the U.S. economy and 40,000 jobs. Travel had 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. ...

Visit California’s Beteta and Hilton Worldwide’s Nassetta Receive Travel Industry’s Highest Honor

U.S. Travel Association | November 21, 2016

Both leaders inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders during a dinner celebrating the association's 75th anniversary WASHINGTON (November 21, 2016)—Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, and Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, were inducted Wednesday night into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders, at a dinner marking the association's 75th anniversary. Beteta and Nassetta will join 92 previously inducted industry luminaries in the Hall of Leaders, which was established in 1969. U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow presents Beteta and Nassetta with the Hall of Le...

Dow: Travel Industry Looks Forward to Working with Trump Administration

U.S. Travel Association | November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2016)—The U.S. travel community congratulated President-elect Donald J. Trump after most media outlets called the election in his favor Tuesday night. U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow expressed optimism for the industry's ability to work with a Trump administration on infrastructure and other key travel-related issues. "I congratulate President-elect Trump on behalf of the U.S. travel and tourism community, and am confident that he will be a valuable ally in advancing some of our industry's key priorities," said Dow. "Mr. Trump demonstrated throughout his campaign t...

Utah’s Vicki Varela Named 2016 State Tourism Director of the Year by U.S. Travel Association

ESTO | August 31, 2016

Carla Fiorita of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau Named the 2016 DMO Rising Star of the Year BOCA RATON, FLA (August 31, 2016)—Winners of the 2016 Mercury and Destiny awards, State Tourism Director of the Year and DMO Rising Star were announced during the U.S. Travel Association's annual ESTO conference held August 27-30 in Boca Raton, Fla. Twenty-eight U.S. Travel members were honored for excellence and creative accomplishment in destination marketing, and inspiring the continued development of imaginative promotional programs. Mercury and Destiny Awards The Destiny Awards recognize excellence in destinati...

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