U.S. declared loosening of restrictions to international travel, adds hope to San Diego tourism

 Wednesday, September 22, 2021 


On Monday, the U.S. has declared the loosening of restrictions related to international travel for many international travelers interested to visit the country.

The new regulations, which apply to air travel only, will require proof of vaccination and a negative test, and take effect in November.

Ray Major, chief economist for San Diego Association of Governments, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss about the possible effect the announced changes will have on the economy of San Diego.

The tourism industry of San Diego has got damaged by the pandemic, with an 83% decline in international passengers. Even though domestic and business travelers comprise the majority of the tourism of San Diego, Major stated that international travelers spend a longer amount of time in the area and spend more during their stay.

Since the pandemic began, San Diego is still down some 35,500 tourism jobs, Major remains optimistic “that San Diego will be a destination that’s at the top of the list for most people, and that our tourism industry will be able to recover close to what we were before the pandemic hit.”

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