Summer travel was surprisingly robust in the United States, despite a slew of factors that threatened to keep visitors at home. According to the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Trends Index, released Tuesday, travel volume in the U.S. was up 4.4 percent in August compared to a year earlier. “Although travel has outperformed the economic recovery overall, our grip on prolonged growth has felt tenuous at times because of the dollar’s impressive run and a rogue’s gallery of other concerning factors,” Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, said in a statement. “Between TSA’s early summer issues, Brexit, Zika, and a tumultuous U.S. election cycle, it’s been a year of news stories that don’t particularly create the yearning to travel, particularly among internationals. Here is evidence that travelers around the world have been able to look past the headlines to see the reality: the U.S. is open for business.” Get the full story at Skift