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The U.S. Finally Has a Senior-Level Position for Tourism - skift.com - Usa - city Atlanta
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25.08.2023

The U.S. Finally Has a Senior-Level Position for Tourism

It took 28 years, and when it came this Friday evening before Christmas holidays, it slipped under the cover of a historic “bomb cyclone” weather catastrophe playing out over the continental United States.

Biden Signs Law Funding New U.S. Tourism Czar - skift.com - Usa
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10.03.2024

Biden Signs Law Funding New U.S. Tourism Czar

The U.S. Senate passed key government funding bills Friday evening — with one that included “up to $3.5 million of funding for the office of the assistant secretary of commerce for travel and tourism.

US Travel Industry Cheers Biden Administration's Move to Extend Visa Waiver Authority - travelpulse.com - Usa
travelpulse.com
22.12.2023

US Travel Industry Cheers Biden Administration's Move to Extend Visa Waiver Authority

The U.S. Travel Association is praising President Joe Biden's administration this winter after the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security moved to extend the visa interview waiver authority for low-risk applicants ahead of its previous December 31 expiration.The decision comes one month after the organization sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas urging both agencies to extend the visa interview waiver authority, which gives consular officers the discretion to waive in-person interviews for certain low-risk nonimmigrant visa applications.These eligible applicants have previously visited the U.S. and are still subject to the same strenuous background checks and screening that all nonimmigrants receive.

U.S. Travel Association Selects Detroit as Host of IPW 2028 - breakingtravelnews.com - Usa - state Michigan - city Detroit - city Motor
breakingtravelnews.com
07.12.2023

U.S. Travel Association Selects Detroit as Host of IPW 2028

For the first time, Detroit will serve as host site of U.S. Travel’s IPW, the leading international inbound travel trade show and largest generator of travel to the United States, the association announced today. IPW will be held in the city on June 10-14, 2028.

Long Visa Wait Times to Be U.S.’s ‘White Whale’ in 2024 - skift.com - Brazil - China - Mexico - Colombia - India - city Bogota - city Mumbai
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29.11.2023

Long Visa Wait Times to Be U.S.’s ‘White Whale’ in 2024

Wait times for first-time visitor visas in Colombia, Mexico and India stretching to hundreds of days will continue to be a headache for the U.S. travel industry. 

China and U.S. to Improve Tourism Ties, Says Xi - skift.com - Usa - China - county Summit
skift.com
17.11.2023

China and U.S. to Improve Tourism Ties, Says Xi

The U.S. and China will improve air connectivity and streamline visa processing, said Chinese President Xi Jinping in public remarks on Wednesday. Xi made the remarks at a dinner hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and US-China Business Council. 

U.S. Travel Lays Off Senior-Level Staffers Amid Restructuring - skift.com
skift.com
10.11.2023

U.S. Travel Lays Off Senior-Level Staffers Amid Restructuring

The U.S. Travel Association has eliminated the positions of six employees as it restructures the organization, according to an internal memo obtained by Skift and confirmed by the association.

U.S. Travel CEOs: Tourism Faces Growth Bottlenecks—Full Video - skift.com - city New York - Washington - city Washington
skift.com
31.10.2023

U.S. Travel CEOs: Tourism Faces Growth Bottlenecks—Full Video

The U.S. can’t effectively compete for tourists if there isn’t energy at the federal level toward tackling issues like excessive visa wait times, upgrading outdated airports and staffing the TSA and FAA.

Africa's Booming Middle Class Poised to Boost Domestic Tourism - skift.com - South Africa - India
skift.com
31.10.2023

Africa's Booming Middle Class Poised to Boost Domestic Tourism

Good morning from Skift. It’s Tuesday, October 31. Here’s what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Ask Skift: How Do Visa Processing Delays Affect Tourism? - skift.com - Usa - Brazil - China - Mexico - city Las Vegas - Saudi Arabia - India
skift.com
30.10.2023

Ask Skift: How Do Visa Processing Delays Affect Tourism?

Some countries, including the United States, have yet to make a full tourism recovery from the pandemic, and lengthy waits for visitor visas are one reason why. Several travel executives have argued that those long waits have hurt the ability to attract visitors.

U.S. Sees India Surge to its Second Top Traveler Market - skift.com - Los Angeles - Germany - France - Japan - Britain - Usa - New York - Brazil - state California - state Texas - city Los Angeles - San Francisco - city San Francisco - county York - India - state New York - city New Delhi
skift.com
25.10.2023

U.S. Sees India Surge to its Second Top Traveler Market

India was the U.S.’ s second top market for travelers outside of North America between April and June, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office’s data released Monday. Over 500,000 Indian travelers came to the America in the those three months, up from 392,000 and 498,000 for the same period in 2022 and pre-pandemic 2019, respectively.

U.S. Sees India Surge to its Second Top Traveler Market - skift.com - Los Angeles - Germany - France - Japan - Britain - Usa - New York - Brazil - state California - state Texas - city Los Angeles - San Francisco - city San Francisco - county York - India - state New York - city New Delhi
skift.com
24.10.2023

U.S. Sees India Surge to its Second Top Traveler Market

India was the U.S.’ s second top market for travelers outside of North America between April and June, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office’s data released Monday. Over 500,000 Indian travelers came to the America in the those three months, up from 392,000 and 498,000 for the same period in 2022 and pre-pandemic 2019, respectively.

Puerto Rico to Start 'No Passport, No Problem' Tourism Campaign - skift.com - Usa - Puerto Rico
skift.com
09.10.2023

Puerto Rico to Start 'No Passport, No Problem' Tourism Campaign

Puerto Rico is launching a new marketing campaign aimed at travelers who were forced to delay or cancel trips because they couldn’t get their passport in time.

New U.S. Tourism Secretary Won't Be 'Panacea' for Travel Troubles - skift.com - Britain - Usa - Canada - Saudi Arabia
skift.com
04.10.2023

New U.S. Tourism Secretary Won't Be 'Panacea' for Travel Troubles

The U.S. travel industry shouldn’t get its hopes up that the newly created assistant secretary of travel and tourism position will make the U.S. more globally competitive, said U.S. Travel CEO and President Geoff Freeman at the Skift Global Forum.

Visa Delays Will Cost the U.S. $12 Billion in Lost Spending in 2023 - skift.com - Denmark - France - Italy - Saudi Arabia - city Newark - city San Francisco
skift.com
04.10.2023

Visa Delays Will Cost the U.S. $12 Billion in Lost Spending in 2023

Good morning from Skift. It’s Wednesday, October 4. Here’s what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Visa Fixes, Airport Upgrades – What U.S. Travel Needs to Compete - skift.com - Britain - Usa - New York - Brazil - China - Mexico - Canada - city New York - Colombia - Saudi Arabia - India
skift.com
03.10.2023

Visa Fixes, Airport Upgrades – What U.S. Travel Needs to Compete

Long wait times for visas and an outdated air infrastructure hobble the U.S.’s ability to attract travelers, said executives at the Skift Global Forum.

Looming government shutdown underscores larger issues in travel, USTA president says - thepointsguy.com - Brazil - Mexico - Canada - city New York - Colombia - India
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29.09.2023

Looming government shutdown underscores larger issues in travel, USTA president says

As a government shutdown becomes increasingly inevitable this weekend, flyers may soon see longer security lines and passport wait times.

U.S. National Parks Will Close if There's a Government Shutdown - skift.com - state Arizona - state New York - state Utah
skift.com
29.09.2023

U.S. National Parks Will Close if There's a Government Shutdown

Most U.S. National Parks will shut down their operations if U.S. lawmakers don’t reach a deal to fund the federal government by Saturday night, the Department of Interior said Friday in a press release.

A Government Shutdown Would Cost U.S. Travel Economy Nearly $1 Billion Per Week - forbes.com - Usa - state Tennessee - state California - Washington - area District Of Columbia - city Washington, area District Of Columbia - state Maine - state Utah - county St. Louis - city Moab, state Utah - city Gatlinburg, state Tennessee
forbes.com
25.09.2023

A Government Shutdown Would Cost U.S. Travel Economy Nearly $1 Billion Per Week

The U.S. travel economy could lose nearly $1 billion for every week that the government is shut down, according to new analysis for the U.S. Travel Association. The trade group pointed to a recent Ipsos survey indicating that six in 10 Americans would cancel trips or avoid flying in the event of a shutdown.

Future of Tourism: 5 Key Questions - skift.com - Britain - Usa - New York - Brazil - China - Mexico - city New York - city Los Angeles - San Francisco - city Chicago - city Portland - state Washington - India
skift.com
05.09.2023

Future of Tourism: 5 Key Questions

With the pandemic now over, what’s the future of tourism? What does the decline of full-time office employees mean for tourism and business travel? Why hasn’t U.S. solved its visa delay mess? We’ll discuss these topics with the executives of NYC Tourism+Conventions, U.S. Travel Association, Visit Britain, Intrepid Travel and others on-stage at the Skift Global Forum in New York on September 26-28. 

Travel Michigan’s Dave Lorenz named State Tourism Director of the Year - traveldailynews.com - state Michigan - county Lake
traveldailynews.com
29.08.2023

Travel Michigan’s Dave Lorenz named State Tourism Director of the Year

Dave Lorenz was announced as the honoree before more than 1,000 destination marketing professionals at the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference.

China-U.S. Travel Restrictions Are Easing, but These Hurdles Limit a Full Recovery - skift.com - Usa - China - city Tokyo - city Seoul
skift.com
25.08.2023

China-U.S. Travel Restrictions Are Easing, but These Hurdles Limit a Full Recovery

In just the past few days, there have been two key moves that ease restrictions for travel from China to the U.S. Tourism officials have been clear that the lifting of these restrictions is critical to a full recovery –though key hurdles remain. On Thursday, China lifted pandemic-era group tour restrictions for the U.S. and other key markets. Before the lift, Chinese travel agencies were banned from selling outbound group or package travel to the U.S.

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