It is probable that the aggregate data one sees in the tables below is going to serve as a measure of the very worst that it is going to get for the those in the business of bringing overseas visitors to the United States. February 2020 marked the last full month of normal activity in the business, as it was mid-March 2020 during which governments throughout the world started shutting down international travel as part of the campaign to combat the global pandemic brought about by the COVID 19 virus.
Now, with new cases of the virus shrinking, vaccinations to combat the virus being administered widely and destinations and travel attractions reopening and/or experiencing increases in activity, there seems to be a general consensus among the analysts who study the industry that the industry might crawl its way back to a new normal of activity some time in the third quarter of this year.
So, if you want to take solace in the numbers for February 2021 below, you can trust, maybe, that the numbers will never look this bad again.
A reminder: The U.S. National Travel and Tourism office recently launched its covid-19 travel industry monitor. It is a handy quick reference point for those seeking to review data sets, replete with graphics, charts and tables that are important to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. Click here to access the site.