Travel Industry Crisis – Travel to US drops 17%

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Since Sept. 11, 2001, overseas travel to the United States has dropped 17 percent.  Discover America Partnership-commissioned study found a 20 percent drop in overseas travelers in the United States cost the nation $135.5 billion and nearly 200,000 jobs. 

The U.S. share of the $6 trillion worldwide travel market fell to 6.1 percent from 7.5 percent in 2000."We are in the midst of a travel crisis and it is time for Congress to act," Discover America President Stevan Porter said. "Our economic security is suffering from a drastic decline in overseas travelers and we are missing an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen America’s image around the globe."

58 million fewer visitors led to losses of 194,000 jobs, $25.9 billion in payroll, $94 billion in spending and $15.6 billion in taxes to federal, state and local governments.

An earlier survey found overseas travelers rated the U.S. entry process the world’s worst by a 2-to-1 margin

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