TRAVEL IS ONE OF AMERICA’S LARGEST INDUSTRIES
Generated $1.9 trillion in economic output in 2011
Directly generated $124 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments
TRAVEL IS AMERICA’S LARGEST SERVICES EXPORT INDUSTRY
Generated $153 billion in travel exports. Combined with $110 billion in travel imports creates…
$43 billion in balance of travel trade surplus for the U.S.
TRAVEL IS ONE OF AMERICA’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS
Supported 14.4 million jobs — that means 1 out of every 8 jobs in the U.S. depends on travel
$195 billion in travel-generated payroll for those directly in the U.S. travel industry
Here are the questions that they suggest you ask your legislators:
1. CREATING Jobs?
The travel industry supports 1 in every 8 American jobs. Not just that, it’s an engine for job
growth: just last year the travel industry added 119,000 jobs to the economy. More travel
means more well-paying jobs for more Americans!
2. EASING Travel for Americans and Families?
Whether you’re traveling for vacation, business, or the holidays, no one likes to get snarled
down by hassles and delays. From streamlining airport security to decreasing wait times,
there are many ways to make travel easier for all Americans.
3. MOVING Businesses Forward?
Conferences, conventions, trade shows, and corporate meetings are all integral parts of
doing business in America. Every dollar invested in business travel delivers nearly $4 in
profits. It also supports 2.1 million jobs and generates $36 billion in tax revenue annually.
4. LOWERING Energy Costs?
Volatile gas prices discourage travel, hamper business, and slow economic growth.
Lowering gas prices will make travel more affordable and accessible to Americans.
5. WELCOMING More Tourists to the United States?
International tourists generate billions of dollars for our businesses, hotels, restaurants
and communities. But because it is so difficult to actually get here, America’s economy is
losing out on billions of dollars of travel-related spending—a good form of economic
stimulus. From Washington DC, to our states, to our local towns, the benefits of travel
trickle down. Politicians at all levels can and should be our advocates.
To let your local legislators/candidates know the power of travel, go to this link.