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International Tourists Visit U.S. in Record Numbers

By Scott Johnson on 21 June 2011 - 09:58

The U.S. Department of Commerce is reporting that international visitors have spent an estimated $48.3 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services this year to date, $12.3 billion alone in April -  on pace for a record-setting year.

This record spending was driven by emerging markets and the Easter break falling in late April.  After modest growth in arrivals in the first quarter, second quarter arrivals will likely spike for emerging markets. However, traditional primary markets such as Japan, Germany, and the UK will likely remain sluggish. Results from the Travel Trade Barometer program bear this out.

Read the original press release from the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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