by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 05, 2017
According to the U.S. Travel Association's latest Travel Trends Index, international travel grew for the 13th straight month of year-over-year growth, rising 5.2 percent in May versus the same month in 2016. The TTI was developed by U.S. Travel and Oxford Economics, using multiple data sources to compile monthly readings.

The latest TTI also revised upward (to 6.6 percent) the positive international travel figure for April, the first month of data to reflect the effects of President Trump's initial executive order on immigration that was issued on Jan. 27.

"There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the U.S. travel market -- perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors as well -- yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel. "Tourism marketing efforts at the federal, state and local level undoubtedly deserve a large measure of credit, and policymakers need to be aware of the large dividends these programs are paying for economic activity, jobs and tax revenues."

The TTI also showed that travel growth overall remained strong, thanks to solid domestic travel demand on both the business and leisure sides. Leisure travel continued to lead the domestic market, but business travel growth rallied after a lackluster performance in April that U.S. Travel says was largely attributable to the timing of holidays like Easter and Passover.

The TTI predicts travel will likely grow by about 1.8 percent through November 2017, and domestic travel growth will lead the U.S. travel market into the end of the year. However, according to the report, while growth in forward-looking domestic bookings and searches remains positive, their pace of growth is markedly slower than at this time last year.

To learn more about the Travel Trends, click here, and to read the full report, click here.