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

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

Letters to CongressSep 17, 2019 - 4:00am

Coalition Letter on Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)

This Coalition letter was sent to the U.S. Congress, calling for a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).

Letters to CongressSep 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 3960, the “Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2019"

This letter was sent to Representatives James McGovern and Tom Emmer, thanking them for co-sponsoring H.R. 3960, the “Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2019."

Letters to CongressSep 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 2303, the “Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2019”

This letter was sent to Senator Patrick Leahy, thanking him for sponsoring S. 2303, the “Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act of 2019."

Above the FoldJul 22, 2019 - 1:15pm
Travel

Young Entrepreneur Series: How One College Senior is Making Travel a Reality for All

Young entrepreneur Davis Handler, founder of We Yalla, shows how his company is making travel affordable for all.

Above the FoldJul 02, 2019 - 4:00pm
St. Louis Blues

National Sports Championships Provide Big Wins for Local Economies, Businesses

A national sports championship win can have a profound effect on local economies for years to come.

Letters to CongressJun 25, 2019 - 2:30pm

Coalition Letter Supporting Supplemental Funding for CBP 

This Coalition letter supporting supplemental funding for additional Customs and Border Protection officers was sent to the House and Senate.