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

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.

TestimonyJun 25, 2019 - 12:00pm

The Need to Revitalize Transatlantic Trade Relations

Oral Testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment hearing on the Transatlantic Policy Impacts of the U.S.-EU Trade Conflict

Press ReleaseJun 04, 2019 - 5:15pm

U.S.-Cuba Business Council Statement on Administration’s Travel Restrictions to Cuba

New restrictions will disrupt business operations, harming U.S. companies and the Cuban peopleThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council issued the following statement regarding the administration’s additional restrictions on U.S. travelers and vessels to Cuba:

EventMar 07, 2019 - 7:00am to 6:00pm
Aviation Summit Key Graphic 2019

Aviation Summit 2019

Join us for the 18th Annual Aviation Summit on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Letters to CongressJul 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee ahead of the markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

Letters to CongressJul 18, 2018 - 4:45pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security ahead of the Subcommittee’s markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

EventMar 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Irish PM - Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

Key takeaways from the March 14 executive roundtable with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar

EventMar 01, 2018 - 7:00am to 6:00pm
2018 Aviation Summit: Further in Flight, March 1, 2018, Washington DC

2018 Aviation Summit: Further in Flight

The 2018 Aviation Summit brings together top leaders in business, aviation, and government to publicly discuss one of the most important industries in our economy.

EventJan 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Securing Sport Event Graphic

Securing Sport 2018: The Business of Protecting the Future of Sport

This exciting forum convened leaders and experts from the world of sport, security, technology, law enforcement, civil society and youth affairs to focus on the key issues affecting sport and which are now under a global spotlight.