TRAVEL TO AND inside the U.S. grew 3.2 percent in May over the previous year, according to the U.S Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends index. This is up slightly from April’s 3 percent overall growth and marked the industry’s 113th straight month of overall expansion.
International travel grew only 1.2 percent in May, following three months of wide fluctuations due to the timing of Easter which has historically been a peak travel time for visitors to the country.
As all travel segments experience softer growth, the Leading Travel Index predicts slowing travel growth through November. International travel growth is also expected to slow to just 0.4 percent.
The growth in the business and leisure travel segments increased the domestic travel demand by 3.6 percent.
The LTI predicts a 2 percent growth in domestic travel through November, with leisure travel outpacing business travel growth.
“Domestic leisure travel has been a source of solid demand for the travel industry over the past several years,” said USTA Senior Vice President for Research David Huether. “This has been especially important given the impediments to international inbound travel growth.”