Travel and tourism generated $1.5 trillion for the U.S. economy last year—more than any other country in the world, the research shows. Further, U.S. tourism ranks No. 1 in the world for gross-domestic-product contribution and visitor exports. However, the data shows that U.S. tourism grew 2.3 percent in 2017. That compares to 9.8-percent growth for China, 7 percent in Spain, 6.2 percent for the United Kingdom and 5.5 percent in Canada. “WTTC’s Economic Impact Report reveals that global travelers are choosing to visit other or new destinations rather than the U.S., or places closer to home,” Helen Marano, executive vice president for WTTC, told Hotel Management. Get the full story at Hotel Management