“There is a global travel boom, but too many of those visitor dollars are going to places other than the U.S., which is leaving jobs, exports, and economic growth on the table,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. “Opportunities are at hand to create an environment for growth, and we can and should do everything possible to get there.”

Once again, the bright spot of the TTI was the strength of domestic travel: the segment as a whole expanded 2.4 percent in September, buoyed by domestic leisure travel’s 3 percent growth.