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MINNEAPOLIS (August 28, 2017)—As record numbers of Americans hit the road for Labor Day, a new study shows that travel is one of the most potent job creators of any American industry.
“Travel: America’s Unsung Hero of Job Creation” analyzes data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to showcase the significant economic power of the travel industry in America—particularly the quality of the industry’s jobs, and the large number that are created by small businesses.
Per the report:
“Amid sustained conversation in Washington about growing jobs and reviving communities hardest hit by the recession, lawmakers and the administration would do well to remember the awesome, but often underappreciated power of travel for our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Small businesses are the backbone of American employment, and travel is a top small business employer.
“More importantly, though, travel jobs are good, non-exportable jobs, with a unique capacity for career advancement. I'm an example of this myself. I started my career in the travel industry as a lifeguard at what was then a 12-hotel chain called Marriott. Many years later I departed the company, which by then had expanded worldwide, as the senior vice president of global sales.”
Other key findings include:
International travel, in particular, plays an outsized role in American job growth, not to mention our country's trade balance:
“Today’s report highlights what our industry already knew: travel puts Americans to work. Travel to and within our country is growing, and we cannot afford to compromise the amazing benefits it brings to workers and their families across the country. Our government leaders can spur even further economic growth and job creation through continued support for Brand USA and smart, effective visa policies that make our nation more secure even as they facilitate travel for legitimate visitors.
Dow continued: “President Trump is right to be concerned about our nation’s trade balance—and we’re here to remind him that travel is one area in which we can win. International inbound travel is an export, and creates good, non-outsourceable jobs in every corner of the country. To keep that growth going, we need to do all we can to welcome more visitors to our country, and keep travel and tourism strong.”
View the full text of “Travel: America’s Unsung Hero of Job Creation” here.
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The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.3 trillion in economic output and supports 15.3 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.
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