11/12/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/12/2021 06:33
WTTC research shows the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector could record nearly 36% growth in 2021 and is on track to exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2022
London (Nov. 9, 2021) - The latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) reveals the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector could experience year-over-year growth of 35.6% in 2021, significantly outpacing the year's overall global tourism recovery.
The outlook is even more rosy for 2022, with the travel sector in the U.S. expected to grow by another 28.4%, reaching nearly $2 trillion of the U.S. economy for a contribution exceeding pre-pandemic levels.
By comparison, in 2019, the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector's contribution to GDP represented nearly $1.9 trillion (8.6% of the U.S. economy). However, in 2020, when the pandemic brought international travel to an almost complete standstill, the contribution to the sector dropped 41% to just $1.1 trillion (5.3% of the U.S. economy).
WTTC TRAVEL RECOVERY SURVEY SUMMARY
Based on the latest research from the WTTC - which represents the global Travel & Tourism sector - produced in partnership with Oxford Economics, below is a summary of key findings for the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector for 2021 and 2022:
U.S. Travel & Tourism - GDP Contribution and Growth
"Our research shows that while the global travel & tourism sector is slowly beginning to recover, the U.S. is recovering faster than many other regions," said Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO. "Last year, the pandemic decimated more than five million Travel & Tourism jobs across the U.S.; however, due to a predicted rise in international and domestic spend this year and next, both jobs and GDP are on the rise."
Simpson added: "The U.S. opening its borders and easing restrictions to major source markets such as the UK and the EU will provide a massive boost to economies on both sides of the Atlantic. However, the long-term recovery of the sector in the U.S and around the world depends on the U.S. border remaining open to international visitors and making travel easier."
MEASURES TO BOOST GDP AND JOB GROWTH
According to the research, the sector's contribution to the U.S. GDP and the rise in jobs could be more positive this year and next, especially if governments worldwide put the measures below in place to facilitate global travel. These measures include:
THE FUTURE COULD BE BRIGHTER FOR THE U.S.
If these five measures are followed before the end of 2021, research shows the impact on the economy and jobs across the U.S. could be considerable.
Travel & Tourism's contribution to GDP could rise by 40.9% (more than $450 billion) by the end of this year, followed by a year-over-year increase of a further 30.9% ($480 billion) in 2022. This would equate to a $165 billion increase in contribution to the U.S. economy compared to pre-pandemic levels.
International spending would also benefit from government action, and experience a growth of 5.4% this year, and a significant boost of 253% in 2022.
The sector's growth could also have a positive impact on employment, with a 31.1% increase in jobs in 2021.
However, with the right measures to support Travel & Tourism, the number of those employed in the sector next year could surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2022, with a year-over-year increase of 22%, reaching more than 17.7 million jobs.
WTTC SURVEY METHODOLOGY
Please visit the WTTC website for the full methodology report.
About the World Travel & Tourism Council
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global travel & tourism private sector. Members include 200 CEOs, Chairs and Presidents of the world's leading travel & tourism companies from all geographies covering all industries. For more than 30 years, WTTC has been committed to raising the awareness of governments and the public of the economic and social significance of the travel & tourism sector.
According to WTTC's 2021 Economic Impact Report, during 2020, a year in which it was devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Travel & Tourism made a 5.5% contribution to global GDP and was responsible for 272 million jobs.
WTTC Media Contacts:
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