February’s Current Travel Index was just over 50 points in February, and the 3-month Leading Travel Index was 50.7 while the six month LTI was 50.8, according to U.S. Travel Association index.

DESPITE EXPECTATIONS OF shrinkage due to recent U.S. immigration policies, international travel remained positive in February and grew faster than domestic travel that month, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index. However, experts expect that will change.
February’s Current Travel Index (CTI) was just over 50 points in February, and the 3-month Leading Travel Index (LTI) was 50.7 while the six month LTI was 50.8, according to USTA’s index. While the CTI for domestic leisure travel, which is usually strong, remained positive in February, it showed the slowest year-over-year growth for the sector in four years. Domestic business travel growth slipped into negative territory yet again.
And while the data for international travel remained positive even after the first full month after President Trump’s initial executive order on visas and immigration that were issued January 27, U.S. Travel economists said that because international travel is usually planned months in advance, the latest TTI is not necessarily a compete gauge of executive order’s effect on demand for international travel to the U.S.
“It’s important to remember that there is a significant lag time between searches for international trips and when they’re actually booked, and then another lag between bookings and the actual trip—typically a matter of months,” said David Huether, the USTA’s senior vice president for research. “There’s a lot of data out there purporting to show a drop in international travel to the U.S. because of President Trump’s executive order, but the reality is we do not have a definitive data picture of the order’s impact yet.” International travel will likely decelerate, and domestic travel, both leisure and business, will resurge, the USTA predicted.

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