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travel trends for usa and utah an international perspective
Travel Trends for USA and Utah:An International Perspective

Presented to:

The Utah Travel & Tourism Industry

Presented by:

Mark Brown

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries

MANUFACTURING & SERVICES

International Trade Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

May 2010

agenda for today
Agenda for Today
  • Overview of OTTI & Commerce Travel & Tourism Services
  • Travel Trends for the U.S.& Western USA
  • Forecast for International Travel
  • Policy and Promotion Issues
  • Q & A
who is otti
“Who is OTTI?”

The National Tourism Office for the U.S.

department of commerce agencies involved
Department of Commerce Agencies Involved

Department of Commerce (DOC)

International Trade Administration (ITA)

Manufacturing and Services (MAS)

Services (S)

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)

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Publications

Business

Development

Office ofTravel & TourismIndustries

Research

Policy

Industry

Outreach

What We Do at OTTI…

u s integrated statistical system for measuring international travel tourism

Inputs

U.S. Integrated Statistical Systemfor Measuring International Travel & Tourism

Deliverables

GDP / Contributionof Travel & Tourism

to GDP

I-94Census ofInternational Arrivals

(DHS Immigration Statistics)

TTSA

Travel & TourismSatellite Accounts System

(OTTI / BEA)

I-92Estimate of U.S. Departures

(DHS Immigration Statistics)

Balance of TradeReceipts & Payments

(Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Survey of InternationalAir Travelers

(OTTI)

OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDE

Census of International

Flight Schedules

(OAG)

Market Potential

and Profilesfor industry export expansionand competitiveness

Forecast

(OTTI / GII)

MEXICOSurvey of Visitors

to/from the U.S.(Banco de Mexico)

Other FederalAgency UsesDHS (CBP & TSA performance) State (consulate staffing needs)

BLS (Airfare Pricing index)

Travel Trade Barometer

(OTTI / TMI / TIA)

CANADASurvey of Visitorsto/from the U.S.

(Statistics Canada)

Topical Studies

e.g. Japan Outbound

u s department of commerce international trade administration tourism resources
U.S. Department Of CommerceInternational Trade Administration Tourism Resources

OFFICE OF TRAVEL &

TOURISM INDUSTRIES

Foreign Commercial Service

151 Offices in 83 Countries

Office of Domestic Operations

105 U.S. Offices

http://www.buyusa.gov/eme/tra.html

http://trade.gov/cs/

impact of travel on the u s economy 2009
Impact of Travel on the U.S. Economy(2009)

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries & Bureau of Economic Analysis.

travel and tourism employment 2009
Travel and Tourism Employment(2009)
  • Food Services and Drinking Places
    • 2.5 million employees (31%)
  • Traveler Accommodations
    • 1.6 million employees (20%)
  • Shopping (Retail)
    • 844 thousand employees (10%)
  • Air Transportation Services
    • 757 thousand employees (9%)

Travel and tourism industries support 8.2 million American jobs!

70% of all travel and tourism

employment is accounted for by four sectors

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

international travel tourism to the u s 2009
International Travel & Tourism to the U.S.(2009)
  • Largest services sector export –$121 billion in 2009.
  • Third-largest merchandise/services export category.
  • Generated a trade surplus of $22 billion.
  • Supported 1.1 million jobs.
  • International travelers spend 4-7 times more than domestic travelers on a trip:
    • Length of the trip is 2-4 times greater than domestic travelers.
    • International travelers have higher activity participation rates than domestic travelers.
    • International travelers were more inclined to stay at hotels/motels & rent cars than a domestic traveler.
  • 4% of travelers, but 17% of traveler spending, payroll, employment and taxes.
world tourism arrivals receipts 1980 2010
World Tourism Arrivals & Receipts(1980-2010)

2009p

880m

$878b

Source: U.N. World Tourism Organization

top ten country rankings of global visitors and receipts 2009 2008
Top Ten Country Rankings of GlobalVisitors and Receipts (2009/2008)

The United States leads the world in global travel and tourism exports (spending receipts) and ranks 2rd in global visitation.

Destination 2008 World Destination 2009 World

Rank Country Receipts* Share Country Visitors Share

($bil) (%) (mil) (%)

All Countries $944 All Countries 880

1 United States $110 11.7% France 74 8.4%

2 Spain $62 6.5% United States 55 6.2%

3 France $56 5.9% Spain 52 5.9%

4 Italy $46 4.8% China 51 5.8%

5 China $41 4.3% Italy 43 4.9%

6 Germany $40 4.2% United Kingdom 28 3.2%

7 United Kingdom $36 3.8% Turkey 26 2.9%

8 Australia $25 2.6% Germany 24 2.8%

9 Turkey $22 2.3% Malaysia 24 2.7%

10 Austria $22 2.3% Mexico 22 2.4%

U.S. Air Carriers

Source: U.N. World Tourism Organization.

* Latest data available and excludes air passenger fares ($31.6 billion for U.S. alone). World shares based on unrounded data.

top 15 non asian countries vs asia s share of global international arrivals 2002 2011

Note: the top four countries (France, Spain, U.S, and Italy) represented 31% of world visitors in 2002.

Top 15 Non-Asian Countries

17%

China + Hong Kong + Malaysia + Thailand

10%

Top 15 * Non-Asian Countries’ vs. Asia’sShare of Global International Arrivals(2002 - 2011)

* The top market share trend line includes the top 19 world destination countries excluding China (ranked 5), Hong Kong (ranked 12),Malaysia (ranked 15), and Thailand (ranked 18). The 4 Asian countries’ market share is forecasted to grow from 11.4% in 2002 to16.2% in 2011, depicted in the lower trend line.

Sources: Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Global Insight, Inc.

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U.S. Visitors & Spending(1996-2009)

Visitor spending (receipts) closely mirrors visitor volume. Spending was a record $121.1 billion in 2009, while visitor volume was 54.9 million.

millions of visitors

$billions in spending

Spending

Visitors

Sources: Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism Industries; Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis; Statistics Canada; Banco de Mexico.

top origin markets for international travelers to the u s
Top Origin Markets forInternational Travelers to the U.S.

Origin of Visitor 2009p 09 / 08 10/09 Feb. YTD

(000s)(% change) (% change)

International Total * 54,884 -5% 15%

1Canada 17,964 -5% 53%

2 Mexico 13,164 -4% 3%

Overseas ** 23,756 -6% 10%

3 United Kingdom 3,899 -15%-3%

4 Japan 2,918 -10% 11%

5 Germany 1,687 -5% 4%

6 France 1,204 -3% 3%

7 Brazil 893 16% 34%

8 Italy 753 -3% 9%

9 South Korea 744 -2% 47%

10 Australia 724 5% 28%

* International travelers include all countries generating visitors to the U.S.

** Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico.

Record year for Travel to U.S.

top ten travel export markets 2009 record receipts year
Top Ten Travel Export Markets(2009 & record receipts/year)

Total Travel Record Year

Receipts Travel Record

Origin Country 2009p Receipts Set

($bil) ($bil)

Canada $16.22 $18.66 2008

Japan $12.88 $17.80 1995

United Kingdom $12.13 $17.72 2008

Mexico $8.34 $9.74 2008

Germany $5.60 $6.68 2008

Brazil $4.25 2009

France $4.23 $4.78 2008

India $3.58 $4.29 2008

China $3.50 $3.61 2008

Australia $3.31 $3.70 2008

U.S. TOTAL $121.07 $141.71 2008

top u s destinations 1 for overseas visitors 2008
Top U.S. Destinations1 for Overseas Visitors(2008)

Top Market Top Market

States Share Cities Share

New York 33.2%New York City 32.4%

California 20.9% Los Angeles 11.0%

Florida 20.7% San Francisco 10.3%

Nevada 8.3%Miami 10.2%

Hawaii 7.2% Orlando 9.6%

Illinois 5.6% Las Vegas 8.0%

Massachusetts 5.0% Honolulu 5.9%

Guam 4.7% Washington, D.C. 5.5%

Texas 4.3% Chicago 5.4%

New Jersey 4.1% Boston 4.4%

1 These percentages are based on multiple responses. Main destination (one response) is also available.

western usa visitors by origin country 2008
Western USA Visitors by Origin Country (2008)

Visitor Share Western USA

Origin Country Visitors of Western USA Share of Country

(000s) (%) (%)

TOTAL OVERSEAS 25,341 - - - - - -

Western USA 7,577 - - - 29.9%

1 United Kingdom 1,260 16.6% 27.6%

2 Mexico (air) 837 11.0% 49.0%

3 Japan 702 9.3% 21.6%

4 Germany 579 7.6% 32.5%

5 Australia 417 5.5% 60.5%

6 France 389 5.1% 31.3%

7 South Korea 350 4.6% 46.1%

8 China 299 3.9% 60.6%

9 India 297 3.9% 49.6%

10 Netherlands 235 3.1% 38.7%

Note: Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico.

western usa visitors by state 2008
Western USA Visitors by State (2008)

Western USA State Share State Share

Destination State Visitors of Western USA of Overseas

(000s) (%) (%)

TOTAL OVERSEAS 25,341 - - - - - -

Western USA States 7,577 - - - - - -

California 5,296 69.9% 20.9%

Nevada 2,103 27.7% 8.3%

Texas 1,090 14.4% 4.3%

Arizona 710 9.3% 2.8%

Washington 456 6.0% 1.8%

Utah 380 5.0% 1.5%

Colorado 380 5.0% 1.5%

2-year average

Oregon 184 2.5% 0.7%

Wyoming 84 1.1% 0.4%

Alaska 64 0.9% 0.3%

Montana 44 0.6% 0.2%

Idaho 35 0.5% 0.1%

Note: Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico.

travel characteristics of visitors from top origin markets 2008
Travel Characteristics of Visitors fromTop Origin Markets (2008)

Travel U.K. France Western USA

Characteristic Overseas Germany Japan

# of nights in U.S. 16 14 16 16 8 21

% 1st-time U.S. 24 % 15 % 23 % 29 % 31 % 22 %

Party Spending in U.S. $5,939 $5,902 $5,181 $5,336 $5,619 $7,163

Purpose of trip (net) 1:

Leisure / Rec. / Holiday 64 % 70 % 60 % 62 % 78 % 58 %

Visit Friends/Relatives 33 % 28 % 35 % 37 % 16 % 38 %

Business / Convention 33 % 28 % 35 % 31 % 21 % 45 %

1 These trip purpose items are based on multiple responses. Main purpose of trip (one response) is also available.

information sources used by visitors from key markets to the u s 2008
Information Sources Used by Visitors fromKey Markets to the U.S.(2008)

Information Overseas U.K. Germany France Japan W. USA

Sources (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)

Personal Computer 41 48 47 44 45 40

Travel Agency 39 29 26 33 48 42

Airlines Directly 20 23 28 23 10 21

Friends/Relatives 15 13 15 11 15 15

Corporate Travel Dept. 9 9 14 9 7 12

Travel Guides 8 7 14 7 18 8

Tour Company 7 6 4 5 25 5

State/City Travel Office 4 1 19 1 1 4

Newspapers/Magazines 3 2 3 1 8 3

Advance Decision (days):

Trip Decision: 87 118 104 97 68 89

Airline Booking 61 94 74 67 43 58

Note: Multiple choice responses allowed for information sources.

activity participation while in the u s 2008
Activity Participation while in the U.S.(2008)

Information Overseas U.K. Germany France Japan W. USA

Sources (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)

Shopping 88 88 84 83 89 85

Dining in Restaurants 84 94 85 83 85 87

Sightseeing in Cities 44 42 36 46 48 49

Visit Historical Places 38 37 45 49 15 42

Amusement/Theme Parks 26 32 25 20 14 31

Visit Small Towns 26 26 31 23 29 33

Art Gallery/Museum 22 19 26 37 7 22

Cultural Heritage Sites 22 21 40 32 12 27

Water Sports/Sunbathing 22 26 23 16 37 16

Touring Countryside 19 21 37 17 15 28

Visit National Parks 18 20 26 22 7 32

Guided Tours 17 18 16 16 20 19

Concert/Play/Musical 16 17 17 21 8 18

Note: Multiple choice responses allowed for activity participation.

overseas travel to utah 2006 2008 average
Overseas Travel to Utah2006-2008 average
  • Utah share of total increasing past four years:1.2%, 1.4%, 1.5%, 1.6%
  • Trip purpose to USA(net):
    • 73% leisure/vacation
    • 19% business
    • 10% convention
    • 9% visit friends/relatives
utah overseas visitors by origin country 2006 08
Utah Overseas Visitors by Origin Country(2006-08)

Visitor Share

Origin Country Visitors of Utah

(%)

Utah Overseas 325,000

Western Europe 212,000 65%

France 48,000 15%

United Kingdom 47,000 14%

Germany 40,000 12%

Netherlands 27,000 8%

Asia 54,000 17%

Japan 16,000 5%

South Korea 10,000 3%

China (PRC) 8,000 2%

Oceania 17,000 5%

Australia 12,000 4%

South America 15,000 5%

Brazil 9,000 3%

traveler volume from canada stays of 1 or more nights
Traveler Volume from Canada(stays of 1 or more nights)

Pre-2009

2009p

Forecast

All-time Record

Source: Statistics Canada.

canadian visitors to western usa states 2008
Canadian Visitors to Western USA States (2008)

U.S. State Visitors Visitor-Nights Spending

(000s) (000s) ($000s)

TOTAL U.S. (NET) 18,914 146,602 $12,159,398

Western US (sum 2008) 7,317 41,921 $3,993,500

Washington 2,142 6,078 $461,309

California 1,257 10,774 $1,072,402

Nevada 1,059 4,936 $867,651

Montana 650 2,035 $192,398

Arizona 515 8,587 $564,131

Oregon 409 1,386 $104,080

3-Year Average

Texas 371 3,749 $301,367

Idaho 259 757 $60,604

Utah 171 754 $84,329

Colorado 145 825 $108,707

Wyoming 88 236 $19,829

canada to utah 3 year averages based on 2006 2008 combined data 1 nights
Canada to Utah3-year averages based on 2006-2008 combined data (1+ nights)
  • Visitors: 171 thousand producing 754 thousand visitor-nights.
  • Spending: $84 million; $/visitor = $493; $/visitor/night =$112.
  • Purpose: holiday/vacation-65%; VFR-17%; business-14%; other-4%.
  • Stay length: 4.4 nights, 1 night-30% ; 2-6 nights-49% , 7+ nights-21%
  • Province: Alberta-39%; Ontario-26%; BC-20%; Saskatchewan-8%.
  • Mode: auto-58%; Air-38%.
  • Accommodations: hotel-53%; f/r-10%; not stated 20% (RV?).
  • Age: 55 or older-54%; children under 20-6%.
  • Timing: Q2-30%; Q1-27%; Q4-26%; Q3-17%.
un wto forecast for world arrivals spending for 2009 2010
UN/WTO Forecast for World Arrivals & Spending for 2009 & 2010
  • 5% decline in world arrivals for 2009.
  • The UN/WTO forecast for travel spending in 2009 is to expect a decrease of 6-8%.
  • For 2010, the UN/WTO forecast for world arrivals is a 1-3% growth rate.
  • Asia will show the strongest rebound, Europe & the Americas will probably take longer to recover.
international visitors to the u s and projections 2001 2015
International Visitors to the U.S. and Projections(2001-2015)

Arrivals in Millions

Sources: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries; Secretaria de Turismo (Mexico); Statistics Canada & IHS Global Insight, Inc. -- May 2010 forecast

the bric k s
The BRIC(K)s

Greenland

Sweden

Iceland

Russia

Finland

Russia

Norway

Estonia

Canada

United Kingdom

Latvia

Denmark

Lithuania

Belarus

Ireland

Poland

Netherlands

Germany

Bel.

Lux.

Czech Rep.

Ukraine

Kazakhstan

Slovakia

Austria

Moldova

Hungary

Switz.

Mongolia

France

Slovenia

Romania

Croatia

Italy

Bosnia &

Herz.

Serbia

Bulgaria

Uzbekistan

Montenegro

Georgia

Kyrgyzstan

N. Korea

Macedonia

Portugal

Albania

Azerbaijan

Spain

Armenia

United States

Turkmenistan

Turkey

Tajikistan

Greece

China

S. Korea

Japan

Malta

Syria

Cyprus

Lebanon

Afghanistan

Iran

China

Morocco

Iraq

Tunisia

Israel

Jordan

Pakistan

Kuwait

Nepal

Algeria

Libya

Egypt

Qatar

Western Sahara

Bahamas

Mexico

Taiwan

U.A.E.

India

Cuba

Oman

Burma

Saudi Arabia

Laos

Dominican Republic

Mauritania

Haiti

Mali

Jamaica

Belize

Niger

Thailand

Cape Verde

Philippines

Eritrea

Chad

Honduras

Vietnam

Senegal

Yemen

Guatemala

Gambia

Sudan

Cambodia

Burkina

Faso

Nicaragua

El Salvador

Dijbouti

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea

Benin

Panama

Nigeria

Togo

Cote

d’Ivoire

Costa Rica

Guyana

Central

African

Republic

Venezuela

Ethiopia

Sierra Leone

Suriname

Ghana

Brunei

French Guiana

Liberia

Sri Lanka

Cameroon

Somalia

Colombia

Malaysia

Equatorial Guinea

Uganda

Congo

Kenya

Gabon

Rwanda

Ecuador

Dem. Rep.

of Congo

Burundi

Indonesia

Papua

Indonesia

New Guinea

Tanzania

Peru

Solomon Islands

East Timor

Brazil

Angola

Zambia

Vanuatu

Malawi

Bolivia

Zimbabwe

Namibia

Fiji

Mozambique

Botswana

Paraguay

Chile

Madagascar

Australia

Swaziland

Lesotho

South Africa

Uruguay

Argentina

New Zealand

brazil
Brazil
  • Positives: Total outbound increasing trend. US share increasing. Economic and social environment on a roll. 9 consecutive monthly increases, many dramatic. Strong potential benefactor of any TPA impacts 2013+.
  • Negatives: Potential World Cup cannibalization. Can US visa processing keep pace with demand.
  • Forecast: very strong growth.
russia
Russia
  • Positives: Flat 2009 visitation despite massive GDP decline. Three months of solid growth to USA. Low GDP growth in 2010 changing to solid GDP growth. Outbound has doubled in ten years. Simplified visa processing. growing middle class. new flights. Could benefit from any TPA impacts, if only because it's a "BRIC."
  • Negatives: High inflation. USA share of total outbound stable. Population decline; visitor growth must come from more outbound trips and/or US higher share of total.
  • Forecast: very strong growth.
india
India
  • Positives: 5 consecutive months of growth. Many of the down months in 2009 were the largest annual share months, so bar is low. Strong and growing GDP. Total outbound growing, US share varies. "Travel-worthy" middle class now estimated at 100 million of 1.1B. Low potential of any TPA impacts.
  • Negatives: can visa processing keep up with demand. Growth partially dependant increases in leisure travel, not just dominant business.
  • Forecast: very strong growth
china
China
  • Positives: Seven consecutive months of monthly increases including near doubling in Feb. Will be a huge beneficiary of any TPA impacts. Tremendous growth in total outbound for more than a decade. U.S. share increasing since SARS. Very strong GDP growth. USA-China MOU.
  • Negatives: Shanghai World Expo might keep some Chinese home.
  • Forecast: Wowwie!
south korea
South Korea
  • Positives: won at .000866 and stable. 6 consecutive months of fantastic growth off of dramatic declines. Solid GDP growth, then strong growth. Industrial production fully recovered. Moderate beneficiary of any TPA impacts in 2013+. Strong growth in total outbound up until 2008.
  • Negatives: Important Q3 was actually up in 2009, thus bar is not that low. US share of total outbound declining. Potential World Cup cannibalization.
  • Forecast: Very strong growth
national export initiative
National Export Initiative
  • Goal: Double exports over the next 5 years to support 2 million American jobs
  • Creates Export Promotion Cabinet that will consist of leaders from top agencies
  • Focuses on three key areas:
    • 1. Expand trade advocacy in all its forms by:
      • Educating U.S. companies about foreign opportunities
      • Directly connecting them with customers
    • 2. Improving access to credit for small-and medium-sized businesses that want to export through the Export-Import Bank, and
    • 3. Continuing enforcement of international trade laws.
travel promotion act
Travel Promotion Act
  • Bill signed by President Obama on March 4, 2010
  • Establishes an independent non-profit Corporation for Travel Promotion with a Board of Directors appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

PURPOSE:

  • To promote the U.S. to world travelers
  • To augment USG communications on entry/exit policies
travel promotion act46
Travel Promotion Act
  • Umbrella - opportunity to shine beneath
  • Exposure for top markets without full investment cost
  • Work with corporation for travel promotion to ensure Utah product is seen!
  • Better measures possible for ROI
travel regional investment partnership act t r i p
Travel Regional Investment Partnership ActT.R.I.P.
  • H.R. 4676, introduced by U.S. Representative Sam Farr (CA).
  • Creates a matching grant program in DOC to promote domestic tourism through local and regional partnerships.
  • Administered by OTTI.
  • CVBs, parks, resorts, attractions.
  • Grants of $100,000 to $1 million: from annual $10 million fund. (5 years)
the quickest way to u s international tourism information http tinet ita doc gov
The Quickest Way to U.S. International Tourism Information:http://tinet.ita.doc.gov

Includes International Travel Research Online

Order, read, download & print the latest statistics on

international travel to and from the U.S.

  • All of the latest summary tables highlighting specific tourism trends
  • More than 30 market and regional profiles available
  • Forecast of international travelers to the U.S. through 2013
  • Information on OTTI’s nine on-going market analysis (research) programs
  • Updated monthly statistics on arrivals and departures
  • Late-breaking TI News announcements and information releases
  • Links and information on the Commerce, Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team in the USA & Abroad
  • Links to other organizations in the travel industry

Sign up for TINews, OTTI’s FREE news service,

for the latest in tourism industry news and program updates

travel summary whti through november 2009
Travel Summary WHTIthrough November 2009
  • Visitors to U.S.
    • Canada: Visitation up past 4 months, but down prior to and thru pII.
    • Canada: Auto day visitors down 14 months prior to Nov rebound.
    • Mexico: Records set four years prior to 2008. Visitation down big, started before WHTI. Air 14% of total Mexican inbound.
    • Caribbean: Visitation near 2000 record in 2008. Recent declines started prior to WHTI phase II.
  • U.S. Outbound Travelers--generally down
    • Canada: Down most months for past 5 years. Record low level.
    • Canada: Auto day visitors down every month for 5+ yrs.
    • Mexico: Up over previous two years; declines prior to WHTI pII.
    • Caribbean: Patterns nearly identical to Mexico; recent big declines.
policy challenges
Policy Challenges
  • Pandemic Issues
  • Travel Promotion Act
  • Visa Issues
  • Border Security Issues—WHTI and ESTA
  • Market Barriers
  • World Perceptions
  • Indicators of Competitiveness
  • Climate Change and Sustainability Issues
travel policy update electronic system for travel authorization esta
Travel Policy UpdateElectronic System for Travel Authorization(ESTA)

On June 3, 2008 - The Department of Homeland Security announced a new online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). There are 35 countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.

Nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are required to complete an approved ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States. 

Travelers under the VWP log on to the ESTA web-based system and complete an application online providing the biographical and eligibility information currently required on the paper I-94W form.

ESTA implemented as a mandatory program effective January 20, 2010.ESTA Web site: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

travel policy update electronic system for travel authorization esta53
Travel Policy UpdateElectronic System for Travel Authorization(ESTA)

An approved ESTA travel authorization is:

  • valid for up to two years or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first;
  • valid for multiple entries into the U.S.; and
  • not a guarantee of admissibility to the United States at a port of entry.  ESTA approval only authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the U.S. under the VWP.  In all cases, CBP officers make admissibility determinations at our ports of entry.
u s china memorandum of understanding update
U.S.-China Memorandum of Understandingupdate
  • Framework to permit group leisure travel from China to U.S.
  • Needed because Chinese regulations restrict package tours to countries without a bi-lateral agreement, commonly known as Approved Destination Status. This MOU serves that purpose in opening these doors.
  • U.S. travel destinations/companies able to organize and market package group leisure tours and market their brand.
  • Open to 21 provinces now
market development cooperator program m d c p
Market Development Cooperator Program(M.D.C.P)
  • MDCP awards are partnerships between ITA and *non-profit industry groups that foster global competitiveness and enhance export capability.
  • Competitive opportunity for innovative projects with a special emphasis on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • * Who’s Eligible?
  • Trade associations
  • State departments of trade
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Small business development centers
  • Regional associations of trade and economic development
  • Generally, private enterprises are not eligible, unless partnering.

Example:

Local travel and tourism businesses with Convention and Visitors Bureau

HTTP://ITA.DOC.GOV/TD/MDCP

market development cooperator program m d c p56
Market Development Cooperator Program(M.D.C.P)
  • Fast Facts:
  • Industry groups pledge to pay minimum of two-thirds of project cost
  • Cash match must at least equal the federal financial assistance then in-kind contributions can be used.
  • Individual award limit of $500,000.
  • Period does not exceed 3 years
  • Example:
  • If you receive $100,000, you must put up $200,000 in match.
  • At least $100,000 of the $200,000 must be in cash, the rest may be in-kind contributions or cash.

HTTP://ITA.DOC.GOV/TD/MDCP