According to many economic experts, the travel industry continues to play a vital role in the U.S. economy, with many sectors employing people from coast to coast.

In a recent blog post for the Huffington Post, U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA) that employees working in hotels, convention centers and other places were a major driver of the economy. Farr, who touts his membership of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, said that every year the sector is responsible for adding $1.9 trillion to the economy and employs a significant number of people.

'That is 14.4 million [jobs] and counting because those numbers are not just growing but are growing at a faster pace than almost every other employment sector," he wrote. "The travel industry is expanding at a rate of 29% per year, faster than the economy as a whole."

There are many signs that the industry is experiencing better times. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 9,200 new jobs were added in the sector during July.

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