Travel and Tourism

America is leaving travel-related jobs and revenues on the table because we’re not laying out the welcome mat for business travelers and tourists. We need to ensure that when tourists are ready to travel and business people are ready to make deals, they come to the greatest travel destination of them all—the United States of America.

Expanding travel and tourism can and should be a bipartisan priority, and it’s one the U.S. Chamber strongly supports.

Travel and tourism already accounts for $888 billion in revenues and 7.9 million American jobs. It could do so much more for our economy if we did a better job of laying out the welcome mat for international travelers. In fact, if we restored our share of the travel market to its 2000 level we could create more than 450,000 jobs by 2020.

We need to broaden visa waiver programs, limit wait times at customs, and implement trusted traveler programs to reduce the hassles without jeopardizing safety. We need to let the world know we want their business, and that means we need to make travel promotion a priority.

The Chamber is:

  • Encouraging Congress and the administration to expand the Visa Waiver Program and address delays, backlogs, and disruptions in our immigration and border management systems that impede the movement of legitimate businesses and tourists traveling across U.S. borders.
  • Supporting “trusted traveler” programs to reduce airport screening delays and encourage and expedite travel for those who pass a rigorous background check.
  • Ensuring the travel and tourism industry, largely populated by small businesses, is not subject to undue taxes and regulations.
  • Urging lawmakers to adequately fund infrastructure to make travel to and within the United States more efficient, quicker, and more hassle-free.

Recent Activity

LetterMay 24, 2016 - 8:45am

Letter on markup of Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

This letter regarding the markup of the FY17 Homeland Security Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

LetterApr 08, 2016 - 2:30pm

Letter on S. 2612, the "Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016"

This letter was sent to Senators Leahy and Johnson in support of S. 2612, the “Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016,” which would clarify that any U.S. employee or contractor working in Canada at a preclearance facility who commits a crime may be tried in a U.S. court of law, as opposed to a Canadian court.

Above the FoldMar 30, 2016 - 8:00am

A Strong Link with the Private Sector Needed to Put Our Security Front and Center

It is important that lawmakers not lose sight of this connection.

Above the FoldMar 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Thomas J. Donohue interviews Retired Boeing Chairman James McNerney at the 15th Annual Aviation Summit

Aviation Summit Celebrates History, Innovation

Attendees receive reminders of the industry’s rich history -- but with a look to the future.

LetterFeb 24, 2016 - 9:00am

Letter on H.R. 3477, the "Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act"

This letter supporting H.R. 3477, the “Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act,” was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

ReportDec 04, 2015 - 8:00am

U.S.-Israel FTA Anniversary Study

RE-ENERGIZING THE U.S.-ISRAEL COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP: A Policy Framework for Trade, Investment, and Innovation

ReportSep 30, 2015 - 9:15am

How to Make Immigration Law Work for Your Business: A Small Business Guide

We believe that you will, through this publication, have the most up-to-date knowledge regarding the basic requirements imposed upon businesses by U.S. immigration law and that itwill also provide you with a practical insight into how the law can be used to meet the needs of your company.

LetterJun 18, 2015 - 2:30pm

Letter supporting S. 1579, the "Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act"

This letter applauding the introduction of S. 1579, the “Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act,” was sent to the bill’s cosponsors.

TestimonyJun 02, 2015 - 10:00am

Submission for the Record to the USITC on Cuba

The Chamber submitted testimony to the USITC investigation on the economic effects of U.S. restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba.

Above the FoldApr 20, 2015 - 3:15pm

Cuba: A Time of Change and Hope

The time is now to begin a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations.