U.S. Travel Association

  • U.S. Travel Applauds DHS Measure to Allow for Electronic REAL ID Applications

    Published on : Thursday, February 20, 2020

    U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to allow for the electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications:   “DHS’ …

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  • Shenandoah County’s tourism earned $230 million in 2018

    Published on : Friday, September 13, 2019

    Shenandoah County’s tourism revenues continued to improve, cresting $230 million in 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Travel Association. Jenna French, executive director of economic development and tourism for the county, said the continued growth came as tourism …

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  • Travel advisors witnessing an uptick in U.S. clients looking for domestic experiences

    Published on : Thursday, July 25, 2019

    As growth and expansion in inbound tourism to the U.S. have dropped drastically, Americans are improving the slack, with travel advisors witnessing an uptick in U.S. clients looking for domestic experiences —including some that rival overseas journeys in complexity and …

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  • U.S. Travel Association expresses concern over Global Entry disruption due to staff shortage

    Published on : Wednesday, July 3, 2019

    Tori Barnes, U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy expressed concern to reports that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staffing shortages will disrupt the Global Entry program for expedited clearance of pre-approved members passing through U.S. …

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  • JOLT Act applauded by U.S. Travel

    Published on : Thursday, April 11, 2019

      Tori Barnes, the  Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy for the U.S. Travel Association issued statement on the introduction of the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act of 2019.     In 2018 the international inbound …

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  • U.S. Travel Association launches campaign to promote travel

    Published on : Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    The United States Travel Association has launched an advertising campaign with the  Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB)  to influence the political leaders and promote the economic benefits of travel.     The multifaceted campaign featured a four-story billboard …

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  • U.S. Travel Targets Ad Campaigns at Top Policymakers

    Published on : Monday, April 1, 2019

    The U.S. Travel Association continues to put a huge premium on creative engagement with political leaders to ensure key industry priorities are top of mind for lawmakers even when they are outside the halls of the Capitol or the White …

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  • U.S. Travel Comments on Partial Federal Government Shutdown

    Published on : Thursday, January 10, 2019

    U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella:   “The ability to travel in the U.S. is a nonpartisan issue, and airports, visas and Customs appeared largely unaffected by the partial federal shutdown before Monday. But if aspects of the …

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  • U.S. Travel Applauds U.S.-U.K. Post-Brexit Agreement

    Published on : Monday, December 3, 2018

    U.S. Travel Association Vice President for Government Relations Erik Hansen issued the following statement on the new Open Skies deal between the United States and the United Kingdom for post-Brexit flights:   “The U.S.-U.K. agreement removes a cloud of uncertainty …

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  • Travel Oregon’s Davidson, Atlanta CVB’s Richardson Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

    Published on : Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Todd Davidson, president and CEO of Travel Oregon, and Spurgeon Richardson,   the former longtime president of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, were inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Hall of Leaders Tuesday night.Induction into the Hall of Leaders …

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  • Former Marriott Executive Kathleen Matthews Honored – Outstanding Contributions to Travel – Tourism

    Published on : Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Kathleen Matthews, the former chief global communications and public affairs officer at Marriott International, received a distinguished leadership award from the U.S. Travel Association in appreciation of her contributions to travel and tourism, promotion of sustainability, and support of diversity …

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  • Travel Trends Index: Domestic Travel a Bright Spot, but Int’l Inbound Projected to Decelerate

    Published on : Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.8 percent year-over-year in August, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI)—marking the industry’s 104th straight month of overall expansion. Despite the positive trend, U.S. Travel economists remain wary …

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  • U.S. Travel Reacts to the FAA Reauthorization Bill

    Published on : Thursday, October 4, 2018

    U.S. Travel Association Senior Vice President for Government Relations Tori Barnes issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018:   “The good news is that the FAA bill concludes the years-long …

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  • Inbound U.S. travel to surge, 3.6 percent year-over year growth in April

    Published on : Wednesday, June 6, 2018

      U.S. Travel Association cautioned that the U.S. is still behind other nations in being a part of the booming international travel market. In April travel to and within the U.S. grew 3.6% year over year.     U.S. Travel …

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  • US in danger of falling behind its competitors in tourism numbers

    Published on : Friday, May 25, 2018

    The president of the US Travel Association, Roger Dow, has warned that the country has the danger of “falling behind” its competitors. The US share of global long-haul travel fell from 12.9 per cent to 11.9 per cent between 2016 and …

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  • Excite holidays honored at the annual Chairman’s Circle Honors Awards

    Published on : Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Positioned atop the DaVita headquarters with the sight of the Rocky Mountains, the esteemed event witnessed the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA honor representatives from the world’s highest-volume tour operators and buyers of U.S. travel, and identified their exceptional …

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  • IPW to be held in Denver from May 19-23

    Published on : Friday, May 18, 2018

    International Pow Wow is the U.S. travel industry’s most prestigious international marketplace event, which will be held in Denver this Saturday, May 19, till Wednesday, May 23. This event is the largest generator of international travel to the United States. …

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  • U.S. Travel Reacts to Commerce’s International Travel Forecast

    Published on : Monday, January 29, 2018

    U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting the Department of Commerce’s international travel forecast:   “This latest report aligns with the trend that we were already seeing, which shows that the U.S. is not …

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  • Illinois tourism join hands to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day

    Published on : Thursday, January 25, 2018

    The Illinois Office of Tourism is joining forces with U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off coalition for National Plan for Vacation Day on Tuesday January 30, to encourage everyone to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.   Every …

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  • Plans to reverse tourism decline by US travel industry

    Published on : Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    A  long-term decline in international tourism to the U.S raised concerns in the travel industry representatives and they want to work with the Trump administration to reverse the trend.   The Visit U.S. Coalition organsiers  said the decline started in …

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