Past Events Affecting the U.S. Travel Industry


To provide an overview of events in the last 40 years that had significant negative effects on the travel industry in the U.S., apart from 9/11 and the 2008 economic recession.

Early Findings

Some events that have had a negative effect on the travel industry in the U.S. include:

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) Strike of August 1981

  • In early 1981, PATCO called for "a reduced 32-hour work week, a $10,000 pay increase for all air-traffic controllers and a better benefits package for retirement."

Hurricane Katrina

  • Katrina is the name of the hurricane which hit the southern coast of the United States in late August 2005.
  • 80% of New Orleans was flooded and the hurricane also brought a lot of damage and victims in the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky. About 1,200 people died as a direct result of the storm, and estimates for damages were "in excess of $200 billion," making Katrina one of the most economically costly natural disasters to strike the U.S."
  • Immediately after the hurricane struck, hundreds of flights into New Orleans and other places were canceled or diverted, while some cruise ships were rerouted or didn’t sail.

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