Travel and tourism are critical drivers of the American economy, generating $2.5 trillion in economic output and supporting one in 10 American jobs. Maintaining and growing this segment requires increasing the flow of international visitors to the U.S. while recognizing the value of government, business and leisure travel here at home.
Globally, more people are traveling, but the U.S. share of international travelers has declined since 2015, costing an estimated 120,000 new jobs and an additional $59 billion in spending by international visitors. The U.S. can facilitate and encourage international visitors while keeping a strong commitment to security. We support a welcoming message to the world and policies that strike an appropriate balance between security and travel.
Congress recognized the importance of international visitors to the U.S. when it reauthorized Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes America as a travel destination for international visitors. Brand USA continues to be an unqualified success, welcoming international travelers, generating jobs and enhancing America’s image abroad—at zero expense to American taxpayers.