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Travel and Tourism Industry Continues to Show Steady Improvement Well into 2005
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released its semi-annual Forecast of International Travel to the U.S. that reveals international travelers should return to 2000 levels by 2004.
Our message is resonating,@ said Commerce Secretary Don Evans. Weve been aggressive in communicating to travelers from around the world that the United States is safe and open for business. We will continue to promote this industry because not only is it good for our economy and for all those who work in this industry, but also because travel advances cultural understanding among different countries and helps in spreading the ideals of democracy.
Following the September 11 attacks, tourism to the U.S. dropped dramatically, contributing to an 11 percent decline in international travelers in 2001. Although recovery is slow, total arrivals to the U.S. are forecasted to increase steadily in 2002 and show even stronger growth the following two years at eight percent for each year. By 2005, 57.6 million travelers are expected to visit the U.S.
HIGHLIGHTS OF FORECAST OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO
Travel and tourism represents the top services export for the United States and has produced a travel trade surplus since 1989 (nearly $8 billion in 2001). For more information visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov.
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