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Travel Trends Index: Steady April Growth, But International Outlook Alarms

U.S. Travel Association | June 5, 2019

ANAHEIM, CA (June 4, 2019) — Overall travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.0% in April, including an expected 5.6% recovery surge in year-over-year international travel due to the timing of the Easter holiday. But the predictive Leading Travel Index—which has proven to be an accurate forecast of official U.S. government arrivals data—warns that the one-month international figure is a flash in the pan, and growth of the inbound market will slow to an anemic 0.8% through October. The data fuels worries that the U.S. continues to miss out on robust growth of the lucrative and competitive global travel market. Long-haul arr...

Travel Trends Index: International Inbound Travel Tumbles While Domestic Leisure Travel Remains Strong

U.S. Travel Association | May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2019) — Travel to and within the U.S. grew 2.0% year-over-year in March, according to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry's 111th straight month of overall expansion. However, this growth was dampened by the news that international inbound travel fell a whopping 5.4% year-over-year in March—after edging down just 0.2% in February. The sharp decline in international inbound travel in March was likely due to the timing of Easter, which fell on April 1 last year and April 21 this year; the holiday has historically been a peak travel time for visito...

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association Names Michael Jacobson President and Chief Executive Officer

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association | August 27, 2018

Today, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association (IHLA) announced the appointment of Michael Jacobson as incoming President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Jacobson, who most recently served as the Senior Director of Industry Relations and Political Engagement of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), joins the IHLA effective October 1, 2018. He will replace long admired industry veteran Marc Gordon, who announced his December 2018 retirement earlier this year after a successful, 21-year tenure as the association's President and CEO. "This has been an exhaustive search, and we are thrilled with the outcome," said Tom Robertson, IHLA Ch...

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...

Travel Trends Index: Market Tumult Feeds Decline in U.S. Business Travel

U.S. Travel Association | April 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2016)—Growth in the travel sector of the U.S. economy remains positive despite a continuing decline in business travel, thanks to a consistently strong domestic leisure travel market, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index (TTI). Domestic business travel declined again in February, as businesses struggle to recover confidence amid volatility in international markets. The business Current Travel Index (CTI) for the month was 48.7—a number below 50 indicates decline—falling even below the 6-month average of 49.3. The predictive 6-month Leading Travel Index (LTI) stands sli...

Travel Trends Index: Strong Leisure Market Keeps Outlook Positive

U.S. Travel Association | March 1, 2016

Offsets Softer Business and Inbound International Segments WASHINGTON (March 1, 2016)—Overall growth in the travel sector of the U.S. economy has leveled off but remains in positive territory, mainly thanks to a leisure travel market buoyed by strong wages and low gas prices, according to the U.S. Travel Association's monthly Travel Trends Index (TTI). Meanwhile, the strong dollar continues its cooling effect on the inbound international travel market, and business travel will struggle to post gains in 2016 due to shaky financial markets. The TTI consists of the Current Travel Index (CTI), which measures the number of person t...

Travel Priorities Abound in House Highway Bill

the U.S. Travel Association | November 6, 2015

Multiple Measures Emphasize Travel and Tourism in Planning Transportation Projects WASHINGTON (November 6, 2015)—A massive surface transportation package passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday with numerous proposals backed by the travel community safely aboard. Among them: a provision encouraging local and state transportation planners to seek input from travel and tourism leaders before advancing projects; and a measure creating a national commission on travel infrastructure to ensure that the country's transportation resources are marshalled effectively to support the economically vital travel and tourism sector....

Travel Community Lauds Senate Introduction of Bipartisan JOLT Act

U.S. Travel Association | September 30, 2015

WASHINGTON (September 30, 2015)—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the Senate introduction of the JOLT Act, which would expand and enhance numerous programs that address the security, efficiency and volume of inbound international travel: "The U.S. travel community unambiguously praises this legislation, which identifies and implements valuable enhancements to inbound travel from Canada, trusted traveler programs, and the Visa Waiver Program. "Inbound international travel is already the No. 3 U.S. export, annually supporting more than one million American jobs, but that ...

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