USA’s new travel strategy to ramp up international tourism hit hard by Covid-19 | Travel

The US Commerce Department on Monday will unveil a new strategy aimed toward boosting international tourism hit hard by Covid-19 and authorities travel restrictions by streamlining the entry course of and selling extra numerous locations.

The “National Travel and Tourism Strategy” units a aim of 90 million international guests by 2027 who will spend an estimated $279 billion yearly, topping pre-pandemic ranges, the division instructed Reuters.

“There are a lot of industries that are well past Covid – travel and tourism is not,” US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo stated in an interview.

The federal authorities should do extra to help the resurgence of travel and tourism to make sure the business rebuilds to be “more resilient, sustainable and equitable,” in accordance to the draft strategy doc seen by Reuters.

In 2019, the United States had 79.4 million international guests, a determine that plummeted to 19.2 million in 2020 because the pandemic hit and rose to simply 22.1 million in 2021.

International guests spent $239.4 billion in 2019, however simply $81 billion in 2019, the Commerce Department stated.

Before Covid, tourism supported 9.5 million US jobs and generated $1.9 trillion in financial output.

One of the strategy’s objectives is to modernize entry procedures for guests to enter and travel inside the United States.

“We need to streamline the entry process,” Raimondo stated. “It’s cumbersome and very paper-based and we want to move to a more digital process.”

Other objectives embody selling extra numerous US tourism experiences past coastal states, decreasing tourism’s contributions to local weather change and constructing a sector that’s resilient to pure disasters, public well being threats and the impacts of local weather change.

One cause tourism fell so sharply was the United States lagged many different international locations in lifting Covid border restrictions that barred a lot of the world from getting into. The US guidelines weren’t eased till November 2021.

The United States nonetheless requires international nationals to be vaccinated in opposition to Covid and practically all international air passengers to take a look at damaging earlier than travel. US airways say practically all different international locations they serve will not be requiring testing.

Raimondo acknowledged testing is a “barrier” to tourism and that the United States is an “outlier” however didn’t forecast when these guidelines may be relaxed.

“I hear a lot about it from industry and I have been expressing that to the administration,” Raimondo stated. 

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.

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