U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement voicing strong support for passage of the U.S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement now awaiting congressional action:
“The time has come for Congress to come together and help America by passing the USMCA.
“We often have to remind people that travel is a U.S. export just like agricultural and manufactured goods—it’s our No. 1 services export and No. 2 export overall, in fact. History shows that free trade agreements immediately boost international visitation to the U.S., while lingering trade tensions have a chilling effect. Passing USMCA could further improve travel’s record as the generator of a $69 billion U.S. trade surplus last year.
“Research also shows that replacing NAFTA with the USMCA would raise travel-related U.S. economic output by $1.7 billion and create 15,000 new American jobs. It’s clear that USMCA is smart policy, and we urge congressional leaders to move it to a full vote as quickly as possible.”