US Travel welcomes the return of international travelers

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WASHINGTON, November 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – At air, land and sea ports of entry and destinations across the country, the U.S. travel industry will welcome all vaccinated international visitors. the United States after 19 months of pandemic-related border restrictions from Monday (November 8th), a long-awaited milestone that marks the reconstruction of international incoming travel.

This action is a key first step in the recovery of the highly lucrative international travel market. In 2019 there were international inbound trips $ 239 billion in export earnings for the U.S. economy and directly supported 1.2 million U.S. jobs.

“After nearly two years of restrictions, the return of international travel begins on Monday, when long-separated families and friends can gather safely, travelers can explore this amazing country and the United States can return to connect with the global community, ”he said. President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association Roger Dow. “It’s a monumental day for travelers, for communities and businesses that depend on international visits, and for the American economy in general.”

“US Travel and our members worked tirelessly to pressure the administration to make a safe reopening plan for international travel, and we look forward to welcoming these qualified travelers as we enter the next phase of our industry’s recovery. “, added Dow.

Countries affected by restricted travel, which included the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 26 countries of the Schengen area, South Africa, Iran, Brazil, India and China: only 17% of all countries in the world, but accounted for a disproportionate 53% of all foreign visitors. the United States in 2019.

The land borders with Canada and Mexico, the two main incoming markets in the US, also closed.

Travel to the United States estimates that international visits have been declining since the beginning of the pandemic (March 2020-October 2021) resulted in almost $ 300 billion in the loss of export earnings and a loss of more than one million American jobs. The association also estimates that the international inbound travel segment will not recover to 2019 levels until at least 2024.

“While reopening our borders is a critical step in the right direction, much work remains to be done to ensure a uniform recovery of international travel,” said the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy of the U.S. Travel Association. Tori Emerson Barnes. “Specifically, officials must completely reopen and resume the processing of visitor visas at U.S. embassies and consulates to reduce the backlog of future visitors and accelerate the recovery of incoming travel.”

“On average, countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program currently face unacceptably long waiting times of more than 14 months for a visitor visa appointment,” Barnes added. “In addition, officials must also ensure that top CBP and TSA officers have the resources to securely process an increasing number of arrivals.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis, of the top 20 countries for incoming travel to the U.S., only five countries have all U.S. embassies or consulates fully open for visa processing.

Other key policies, such as providing emergency assistance funds to Brand USA, the united states’ Destination marketing organization, will be essential to restore international incoming travel. A bill to provide this funding was passed earlier this year by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

US Travel is grateful to all the partners who have helped facilitate the reopening of inbound international travel and looks forward to continuing its work to make the US the world’s premier destination for global travelers.

CONTACTS: David James, [email protected], (O) 202.218.3658

SOURCE US Travel Association

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