David Huether, senior vice president of research and economics at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department announcement that the U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July while the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent.
The U.S. Travel Association today launched “Traveler’s Voice” to help deliver appeals from travelers to improve the U.S. entry process. The website features video messages from international travelers immediately following their exit from immigration and customs checkpoints.
The U.S. Travel Association applauded today’s announcement by the Brand USA board of directors that Chris Thompson would be its next president and CEO. Thompson is currently president and CEO for VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s destination marketing organization.
Brand USA has unveiled the first-ever comprehensive marketing campaign from the United States during a press conference at International Pow Wow, the largest travel trade show in North America. The campaign showcases the diversity of experiences available in the United States in a fresh and unexpected light, inviting visitors to ‘Discover this land, like never before’.
With the price of crude oil continuing to rise, travellers could alter vacation plans to control summer vacation costs and business travelers will travel less, according to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association.
The United States Travel Association has praised the State Department for reducing visa interview wait times significantly in Brazil. Wait times for visa interviews now average two weeks or less in Brasilia, Recife and Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Travel Association today commended the announcement by Ambassador Gary Locke of increased visa processing, reduced wait times and a new pilot program that waives interviews for some nonimmigrant applicants in the People’s Republic of China.
The U.S. Travel Association has announced its endorsement of new legislation to help expand the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, introduced by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), enhances security measures while extending the VWP framework to welcome additional countries.