HomeAway Leads the Travel Industry
According to David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, "The U.S. travel industry continues to be one of the prime drivers of our nation's economic recovery, adding 7,000 new American jobs in April, bringing total direct employment to 7,581,000. Travel job growth was driven by the restaurants, lodging and airline sectors, offsetting declines in amusements, gambling and recreation." Huether provided this analysis in response to employment numbers from April 2012. In addition to job growth the travel industry is also seeing a higher number of travelers this year, responding to lower gas prices and higher job stability. The U.S. Travel Association forecasts a national 3% gain in travel this summer season, May through October.