Client contracts can stop the sale of an agency,
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U.S. saw a significant drop-off
in inbound visitors in first half
By Johanna Jainchill
The Commerce Department last
week confirmed what tour operators and destination marketers already knew: Inbound travel to the
United States is continuing to fall,
in some cases precipitously.
Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism
Office (NTTO) reported that during the first
six months of this year, total international
visitors fell 3.9%, year over year, while overseas visitors (international excluding Canada
and Mexico), fell 5.7%.
The numbers indicate that previously
strong growth markets like China and India
were also down — off by 3.2% and 12.9%,
respectively — reversing solid growth from
both countries in 2016, when Chinese arriv-
als grew 14.7% and Indian increased 4.1%.
Other weak markets were Mexico and Bra-
zil, down 6.3% and 15.1%, respectively.
Tourism leaders quickly called on the administration to take action.
“These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend
needs to become a national priority,” stated
U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow.
“The travel industry will turn over every
stone looking for all available policy options
to better promote the U.S. as an international
destination, and we stand ready to partner
with the federal government to grow travel
and American jobs and exports along with it.”
NYC & Company, New York’s tourism
marketing organization, has long been warning that inbound numbers were falling. As
the top U.S. destination for overseas travelers,
with a nearly 30% market share, the city was
Some medium-size airports hit hard
by the impact of airline consolidation
By Robert Silk
While air service has increased and prices
have dropped at large airports over the past
15 years, the picture has been more mixed
for medium-size airports, according to a
recent analysis by the Eno Center for Transportation.
Some 853 million domestic travelers flew
from large airports in 2005, the year in which
the US Airways purchase of America West
touched off a consolidation boom that saw
five major U.S. airline mergers in eight years,
the Eno Center, a Washington-based think
tank, noted in its new blog, Aviation Insights.
By 2016, the number of domestic passengers
at large airports had risen to 985 million.
Conversely, medium-size airports, roughly
defined by the Department of Transporta-
tion as those that handle between 5 million
and 15 million passengers per year, saw their
aggregate domestic traffic shrink from 284
million passengers in 2005 to 274 million in
As traffic has risen at large airports, prices
have gone down. In 2001, the average one-way domestic fare out of a large airport was
$256 while one-way flights from medium-size airports were priced at an average of
By 2016, those figures had nearly converged, with one-way tickets from large airports costing $207 on average, compared
with $206 for medium-size airports.
But despite the trend lines, analysts said
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