No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, there’s no denying that international inbound travel numbers are down in the United States. The U.S. Travel Association is rightly concerned.

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow recently reacted to new government data showing a 3.9 percent overall decline in international inbound travel to the U.S. through June of this year.

“The latest government travel data is deeply concerning not just to our industry, but to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States,” Dow said in an official statement released on the U.S. Travel website on Nov. 29. “Travel is our country’s No. 2 export and supports more than 15 million American jobs.

"These numbers are an undeniable wake-up call, and correcting this troubling trend needs to become a national priority," he added. "The travel industry will turn over every stone looking for all available policy options to better promote the U.S. as an international destination, and we stand ready to partner with the federal government."

More information on the drop in international inbound tourism is available via the Associated Press.