In 1994, nearly one of every 10 people traveling worldwide were headed to the United States. By 2000, the U.S. share of inbound travel had dropped from 9 percent to 7 percent; 10 years later, it was at barely 6 percent. So why has America lost 30 percent of the worldwide travel market in less […]
Recently, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) launched the grassroots campaign “FACE TIME. It Matters.” in response to a CIC-commissioned survey citing image, publicity and public policy as major reasons many planners expect to book fewer face-to-face meetings. Backed by the U.S. Travel Association and the CIC’s 34 member organizations, FACE TIME is a multi-faceted marketing […]
After seeing 2.4 million fewer overseas visitors in 2009 than in 2000, the United States is finally making the commitment to reposition itself as a frontrunner in the global travel market. On March 4, nearly a year after its introduction, the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) was signed into law by President Obama, making it the […]
If 2009 was “the perfect storm” that disrupted the meetings industry, then Danielle Babilino insists she was the poster child for everything that could have gone wrong. “I represent the five-diamond, five-star Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas, which opened in December 2008,” explained the senior vice president of hotel sales at the 2010 Meetings Exploration Conference […]
The travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans— one out of every eight non-farm jobs in the United States — and that number is likely to rise within the coming months. According to a forecast released by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), 90,000 new travel industry jobs will become available in 2010. This follows the loss […]
There were 48 million more global overseas travelers in 2008 than in 2000, yet 633,000 fewer visited the United States. That makes the seventh consecutive year where visits to the U.S. to remained below pre-9/11 levels. Recently, a new legislation was introduced to combat this and put America back in step with other countries around […]
Travel industry leaders won a 20-minute audience with the president on March 12 to discuss how travel can strengthen the U.S. economy. They focused on two key areas of concern: the dramatic nationwide downturn in meetings and events, and the need to attract more international visitors. According to the U.S. Travel Association, nearly one in […]
In order to strengthen the business case for meeting, U.S. Travel Association commissioned APCO Insight to survey 401 business executives at companies with more than $50 million in annual sales to gauge how much they value business travel as a means of growing revenue, developing talent and achieving their business goals. Despite 82 percent of the surveyed companies reporting that business travel is important to achieving their business results, business travel bookings through agencies have fallen 20 percent in January and February (according to tracking done by Amadeus).