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

EventMar 05, 2020 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Teaser pink and yellow image for the 2020 Aviation Summit

Aviation Summit 2020

Each year, the U.S. Chamber hosts 1,000 executive leaders from across the aviation and aerospace industries, including corporate CEOs, policymakers, and influencers from inside and outside of Washington, providing unparalleled opportunities for networking and business development.

Press ReleaseMar 04, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber CEO Donohue: 'Our response to the coronavirus must be grounded in facts, not driven by fear'

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue hosted a press conference today alongside leading association CEOs and representatives from the travel, aviation, and retail industry to discuss concerns about the coronavirus and actions that businesses are taking to mitigate the impact of the virus on public health and the economy. During his opening remarks, Donohue said:

Above the FoldFeb 03, 2020 - 12:45pm
Aviation Summit 2020 ATF

Staying Ahead of Aviation Industry Trends

Carol Hallett, the leading executive of the U.S. Chamber's Aviation Summit, breaks down aviation trends and industry insights.

SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.

Press ReleaseJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

Donohue: 'Engaging with the world is our best strategy for strong national security and lasting prosperity'

Today U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue cautioned that the United States must continue to engage on the world stage or risk being left behind in his annual State of American Business Address.

Letters to CongressDec 18, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter to the Senate on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the United States Senate, supporting Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation.

Letters to CongressDec 17, 2019 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Letter to the House on Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Bills

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations legislation.

ReportDec 01, 2019 - 4:15pm

Policy Priorities for the New European Commission

Promoting Competitiveness & Transatlantic Cooperation

Letters to CongressOct 28, 2019 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Program

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Financial Services, supporting legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act program.

EventOct 14, 2019 - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Chatham House Global Trade 2019

Chatham House: Global Trade 2019

Global Trade 2019Trade disputes, technology and transparency14 October | Chatham House, London