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COMMERCE FORECAST: VISITOR NUMBERS TO U.S. TO IMPROVE BY 2004
International visitor levels to the United States are expected to improve by 2004, according to new figures released by the Commerce Department. The latest figures were announced today at the Travel Industry Association's (TIA) Marketing Outlook and are part of the Commerce Department's semi-annual Forecast of International Travel to the United States.
"While the Commerce Department's latest figures show that international
visitors are continuing to regain confidence in traveling to the United
States, there is still much work to do," said Linda Conlin, Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. "The U.S. travel and
tourism industry has been hit hard by the declines of the past three years,
and the Bush Administration will continue to remain committed to seeing
the tourism industry thrive as a key driver of the U.S. economy."
The overseas markets are primarily responsible for the improved long-term forecast. The strength of growth with markets beyond the top ten offers a wider source of international visitors exploring the United States.
Travel and tourism represents the top services export for the United
States and has produced a travel trade surplus since 1989 (over $7 billion
in 2002). For more information visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov.
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