Domestic US travel spending is expected to collapse this year amid the coronavirus pemic, suffering a 40 percent decline compared to 2019, while international spending will plunge 75 percent, according to new research.
The report, commissioned by the US Travel Association, showed spending by US residents will drop to $583 billion this year from $972 billion last year.
Total travel spending, including domestic international visitors, is projected to fall 45 percent to $622 billion, according to research by Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics.
That decline follows three years of steady, albeit modest, growth of around four percent a year, although international travel dipped in 2019.
The association labeled the downturn “The Great Travel Depression,” said 8.1 million travel jobs have been lost.
The group is lobbying Congress to provide additional support for the travel industry, including exping the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include organizations that promote tourist or business venues also provide $10 billion in grants to provide healthy travel practices.
These destination marketing organizations “drive dem economic development to communities across the country are vital to recovery,” the association said in a LinkedIn post Thursday.
“We need relief, protection stimulus to revive the travel industry set America on the path toward recovery.”
Other sectors also are seeking more support beyond, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are crafting legislation to help the food services industry, which has been hard hit by the shutdowns fears of the virus, leaving businesses struggling to attract customers