Relaxation of foreign air travel rules adds hope to San Diego’s tourism industry
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The SANDAG economist says local tourism has been “devastated” during the pandemic, but believes more overseas air travel will help the tourism economy recover.
First Air Date: September 21, 2021 | Transcription
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The United States on Monday announced the easing of international travel restrictions for many foreign travelers wishing to visit the country.
The new regulations, which apply strictly to air travel, will require proof of vaccination and a negative test, and will come into effect in November.
Ray Major, chief economist for the Association of San Diego Governments, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about the potential impact the announced changes will have on San Diego’s economy.
San Diego’s tourism industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, in part due to an 83% drop in international passenger numbers. While the majority of the region’s tourism comes from domestic and business travelers, Major said international travelers spend more time in the region and spend more during their stay.
Although San Diego has still lost some 35,500 tourism jobs since the start of the pandemic, Major remains optimistic “that San Diego will be a top destination for most people, and that our tourism industry will be able to. to recover close to where we were before the pandemic hit. “
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