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US tourism reaches a record high

International visitors spend a record amount in the United States during 2006, beating the previous record set before 2001.

International travellers spent more that $107 billion, according to the Commerce Department of the US government. This figure was calculated from the money spent on air travel in the US, cruise holidays in the US, accommodation, food, entertainment and gifts.

The high spending level is the highest seen since the September 11 attacks, which led to a drop in the revenues from people taking holidays in the USA and marks the American travel industry’s return to form.

Ana Guevara, the Commerce Department’s deputy assistant secretary for services said: “We have seen full recovery in spending by visitors to the United States since September 11. This is good news for the U.S. travel and tourism industry, which employed 8.3 million Americans last year.”

In line with the rise of spending the Transportation Bureau’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported a rise in international passengers travelling on US airlines. During the first six months of 2006 there was a rise of 5.9%.



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