by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 07, 2017
Domestic leisure travel led all travel segments in September 2017 in spite of the destructive hurricanes that pummeled U.S. states and territories during a normally busy season, according to U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index. The increase marked the 93rd consecutive month of travel growth, although overall travel volume grew at a slower year-over-year rate in September than in August.
Domestic business travel fell slightly, which the association attributes to a calendar shift in the Jewish holidays and hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
"Both the domestic and international travel markets are showing remarkable resilience in the face of some significant headwinds," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. "Pretty much every challenge you can imagine - both natural and man-made - has been thrown at travel this year, and yet this industry continues to do far more than its share for export and domestic job growth. It doesn't take much for the travel industry to achieve a favorable return on investment - America just needs to compete for market share by facilitating safe, legitimate travel and increasing connectivity by upholding Open Skies and modernizing our airports."
Dow continued: "We continue to urge the Trump administration to make clear that new security measures are squarely aimed at bad actors, while legitimate business and leisure travelers are as welcome as ever in the United States."
The TTI is prepared for U.S. Travel by Oxford Economics, drawing information from advanced search and bookings data from ADARA and nSight; airline bookings data from the Airlines Reporting Corp.; IATA, OAG and other tabulations of international inbound travel to the U.S.; and hotel-room-demand data from STR. The report predicts total U.S. travel volume will grow by about 2.2 percent through March 2018. Forward-looking metrics suggest a positive outlook for international travel, but with tempered expectations, according to the study.
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