Travel exports, already the top U.S. services export, are rising at a faster rate than any other sector of the economy—generating tens of thousands of U.S. jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas.
The California Chamber Commerce has joined the Discover America Partnership (DAP), a diverse coalition of industries and associations whose work depends on safe and efficient inbound international travel. The DAP is a lobbying and grassroots campaign to advance visa and entry reforms to enable the United States to regain its historic share of the booming world travel market.
DAP members reflect a broad range of industries that share the need for efficient overseas travel to the United States–whether the travel is to negotiate business deals, host global conferences and trade shows, or welcome international tourists. In 2012, international travel to the U.S. accounted for $129 billion in direct spending, supporting 1.1 million jobs. There is enormous potential for growth, but only if the nation takes practical steps to more efficiently and securely welcome millions of new visitors.
According to the DAP, the potential benefits are hard to exaggerate. Month after month, economic projections from the U.S. Commerce and Labor departments underscore how international visitation to the United States is helping lead …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce