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American Travel Association presents a new perspective on domestic tourism

All travel segments are projected to grow in the short term due to pent-up demand and consumer savings, according to new data from the US Travel Association.

According to US Travel’s biennial forecast, growth in short-term travel spending and volumes is not expected to last long, leading to slower growth in subsequent forecast years, lasting through 2026.

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The association estimates that $1.05 trillion will be spent on travel to America this year, still 10 percent below 2019 levels and 16 percent below 2022 levels were it not for the pandemic.

The study predicts that domestic business travel will reach 81% pre-pandemic levels in 2022 and 96% in 2023, but spending will not fully recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2026.

To help the recovery of the business travel sector, the association has called on the government to support a tax expansion package that includes a temporary reinstatement of the entertainment business expense deduction and an extension of full business dining expenses.

In terms of domestic leisure, a US Travel report says spending is projected to remain $46 billion lower than the association estimated it was before the pandemic.

International inbound travel is taking steps towards recovery, helped by the recent removal of the pre-departure testing requirement. A full recovery to pre-pandemic levels—volumes and spending—is not expected until 2025.


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