U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement in response to the Thursday release of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s biennial Travel and Tourism Forecast:
“Since travel already supports one out of every eight American jobs, the Commerce Department’s forecast of continued robust growth in travel demand is terrific news for the ongoing economic recovery. But that bright outlook comes with a very serious caveat: both on the ground and in the skies, our transportation modes and facilities are already operating at or above capacity, and are not equipped to bear the expected new spike in traveler volume. In particular, our Customs and Border Protection entry process is woefully under-resourced to cope even with existing levels of inbound international travel.
“The evidence very definitively shows that when travel is a hassle because of congestion, delays or other headaches, potential travelers to the U.S. either decide to go elsewhere or simply home. If the U.S. is going to reap the economic benefits that would come from full realization of the Commerce Department’s forecast, Congress should pass the travel facilitation measures in the bipartisan JOLT Act, as well as embark on a focused national discussion about how to properly invest in our transportation infrastructure.”
The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.0 trillion in economic output and supports 14.6 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
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