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U.S. Travel Responds to Extended Border Restrictions With Canada, Mexico

The U.S. Travel Association’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes released a statement following the announcement that the United States has extended border restrictions on Mexico and Canada through at least September 21:

“Travel restrictions are no longer protecting us from the virus – vaccines are,” said Barnes. “Every day that our land borders remain closed delays America’s economic and jobs recovery, causing greater damage to the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on travel and tourism. Entry restrictions were urgently needed before effective COVID-19 vaccines were widely available, but these shutdowns carried a steep price – the loss of more than 1 million American jobs and $150 billion in export income last year alone.”

Canada is America’s top source market of inbound arrivals and for each month the border remains closed, the United States loses $1.5 billion in potential travel exports, according to Barnes.


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About David Cohen

David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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