• Ashley Brine Harwood University of Illinois
  • Dr. Williams Eadington Scott (PhD) University of Illinois
  • Dr. Martin Sinclair Reisman University of Illinois


Purpose of the study: The hospitality industry is responsible for supporting millions of jobs across the World. In the global economy, tourism is one of the most recognizable and expanding sectors. This sector plays an essential duty in improving the country's economy. Thus, the study sought to examine the role of the hospitality industry on economic growth in the USA.

Research methodology: The study relied upon the existing literature to make inferences concerning the current study.

Findings: Based on the reviewed literature, it was found that the hospitality industry is one of the key drivers of economic growth. The study noted that the hospitality sector is considered a cyclical industry, a market that is extremely sensitive to the state of the economy. Tourism is among the top income earners for many countries. The study discovered that the tourism sector accounts for about 5% of world GDP, and it contributes to around 8% of total job creation. Hospitality has become a major industry and one of the most important social phenomena in the United States over the past decades.

Conclusion: The study concluded that the hospitality industry is one of the key contributors to the economic growth in the USA. The greatest perceived socio-economic impacts of the hospitality sector are increased employment, improved living standards, greater tax revenues to State and local governments and growth in local retail sales. The hospitality industry generates substantial direct and indirect revenues for local and regional economies.

Recommendations: The study recommended that frameworks and policies need to be developed that can be embraced to spur the hospitality sector. The government of the USA should ensure that the country has sociopolitical and macroeconomic stability and this could spur the tourism sector.

Keywords: Hospitality industry, economic growth, USA

Author Biographies

Ashley Brine Harwood, University of Illinois

Postgraduate student, University of Illinois

Dr. Williams Eadington Scott (PhD) , University of Illinois

Lecturer, University of Illinois

Dr. Martin Sinclair Reisman, University of Illinois

Lecturer, University of Illinois


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How to Cite
Harwood, A. B., Scott, W. E., & Reisman, M. S. (2022). ROLE OF HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ON ECONOMIC GROWTH IN USA. African Journal of Emerging Issues, 4(8), 1 - 13. Retrieved from