As National Tourism Week ends, TravelAge West editors thought it
would be appropriate to remind everyone of the great benefits that
travel brings to the United States.
There are a lot of intangibles that, hopefully, travelers brings
home along with their dirty laundry and souvenirs: tolerance and
respect for others, a broader knowledge and better understanding of
And there’s the financial advantages, an area that is detailed
well in the Tourism Talking Points prepared by the Travel Industry
Association of America (www.tia.org).
Here is a slightly condensed version of its fact sheet, last
revised in October 2002:
The U.S. Travel and Tourism Industry Produces...
... One of America’s Largest Service Exports!
l $91.1 billion spent in U.S. by international travelers and
l $82.5 billion spent outside U.S. by domestic travelers creates
a l $8.6 billion in balance of trade surplus for the U.S.
... One of America’s Largest Employers!
l $174 billion travel-generated payroll.
l 7.9 million direct travel-generated jobs.
l 18 million direct and induced travel-generated jobs.
l One of every seven people in the U.S. civilian labor force is
directly and indirectly employed in travel and tourism.
... America’s Third Largest Retail Sales Industry!
l $537.2 billion direct travel expenditures including
l $98.7 billion tax revenue for local, state and federal
l Spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S.
averaged $1.5 billion a day, $61 million an hour, $1 million a
minute, and $17,000 a second.