International Inbound Travel to U.S.
Speakers: David Huether, Deputy Director for Research, US Department of Commerce; Alex Jarman, Research Analyst, Euromonitor International
International travel to the U.S. effectively stopped throughout the COVID-19 period and has only recently been returning in fits-and-starts. The return of international travelers is crucial to the U.S. travel industry’s recovery. Providing the official U.S. analysis of and forecasts for inbound travel to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, and numerous country origin markets, David Huether will talk about current conditions in our key inbound markets, expected developments over the months ahead, and present forecasts for 2022. Following David, Alex Jarman will discuss how and why consumers travel abroad is changing, based on analyses in over 100 countries and market research on every key trend and driver. Changing travel motivations mean that companies need to evolve their communications to effectively reach the post-pandemic traveler. Alex will examine how the pandemic has impacted international consumers’ travel preferences and the implications of those preferences for the U.S. travel industry. Attendees will also learn about the biggest trends that will shape international travelers’ behaviors over the next ten years.