The growth came in spite of feared policy effects, including the ongoing fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban. "There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the U.S. travel market - perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors, as well - yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound," USTA president and CEO Roger Dow said. The organization projects that overall U.S. travel for the period from June through November will grow 1.8 percent year over year, though the growth rate in forward-looking domestic bookings is "markedly slower than this time last year." Get the full story at BTN and The Washington Post