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2020 U.S. Travel Spending Projected to Fall 45 Percent

2020 U.S. Travel Spending Projected to Fall 45 Percent

Travel spending in the U.S. is expected to finish the year 45 percent down from 2019 levels, the U.S. Travel Association projects, adding combined leisure and business travel will still not have returned to its pre-pandemic strength by 2024. The latest 2020 projected travel spending figure of $617 billion is…

Travel Industry Group Calls for REAL ID Delay

Travel Industry Group Calls for REAL ID Delay

The U.S. Travel Association this week called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to postpone the requirement for air travelers to have REAL ID beyond the current fall 2021 deadline. “With the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimating that little more than a third of Americans have REAL…

Small Travel-Related Businesses May Not Recover

Small Travel-Related Businesses May Not Recover

The U.S. Travel Association released new data this week that showed that 55 percent of all small travel-related businesses in the U.S. are at risk of either taking longer than six months to recover or never recovering at all. The data, compiled by the data analytics firm Tourism Economics, showed…

Travel Executives Call for Better Virus Testing

Travel Executives Call for Better Virus Testing

…Roger Dow of the U.S. Travel Association, the heads of the Hyatt, Intercontinental, Wyndham, Marriott, Lowes, Choice, Host and Hilton hotel chains, as well as by CEOs of Enterprise Holdings and the Sabre booking agency, the executives said, “Testing enables reopening. Testing enables rehiring. Testing enables recovery.” The industry leaders…

Travel Executives Call for Better Virus Testing

Travel Industry Calls for More Federal Aid

The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) called on Congress for additional help for the industry in its next stimulus package, including support for domestic airports, amid new data that shows Americans continue to be wary of travel as COVID-19 cases spike in many states. The latest USTA poll found the percentage…