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Date:Tue, 4 May 1999 17:59:03 -0400 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement
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Subject: TInews: International Travel and Tourism Works for America

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U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

5/4/99

International Travel and Tourism Works for America

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Tourism Week May 2-8, 1999

International Travel and Tourism Works for America

In recognition of travel and tourism's tremendous contribution to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce celebrates the 16th annual National Tourism Week (May 2-8, 1999). Here at Commerce, we provide the figures on what international travel means to this country.

"National Tourism Week is a time when the United States focuses on the impact of travel and tourism to the many destinations within the country. The staff at Tourism Industries are delighted to inform our Industry that for the first time ever, we will be releasing figures on the impact that international travel and tourism has on the country, states, cities, and the many sectors it encompasses" said Leslie R. Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tourism Industries. "Tourism has been called an invisible export by some. The time has come to unveil its mysteries and make it more visible." The U.S. Department of Commerce, office of Tourism Industries (TI) plans to do just that with this weeks' release of a series of reports. Please visit our web site and watch for upcoming TINews release(s) on the breadth and impact of international travel to the United States.

Highlights of those reports demonstrate that international travel and tourism to the United States remains the largest services export and third largest export category for the country. In 1998, international travel expenditures generated $91 billion, contributing an $18.7 billion trade surplus for the country. This spending supported over one million U.S. jobs, and generated over $9 billion in federal, state and local taxes for the country. Dollars spent by international travelers to the United States produce a ripple effect which is felt throughout every aspect of our communities and beyond, from the local grocers to the linen manufacturers.

In celebration of National Tourism Week, the Commerce will be doing the following:

1. Later in the week, TI will update its web site with new data on international travel to the United States. When you visit our web site, look for the Tourism Week Section specifically created to make finding this new data easier. Included will be arrivals, state and city visitation estimates, market profiles, economic impact figures, new export figures, a new forecast for 1999-2002, and other related data on the market.

2. TI has plans to issue several TI News releases and/or analyses during the week, starting with this release.

3. The Secretary of Commerce will speak at the National Tourism Week reception sponsored by the Travel Business Roundtable honoring the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus on May 5, 1999.

4. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tourism Industries Leslie R. Doggett will lead an Industry Association and Trade Press round table at Commerce on May 6, 1999.

5. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) will issue a press release on Thursday May 6, 1999 celebrating the newest data and the value of international travel to the country as an export and generator of jobs.

6. TI is working with the DOC Commercial Service officers worldwide to get the word out that "Tourism Works for America." Stories will hopefully be placed world wide on the impact that international travel has and the contribution that their specific market makes on the United States. Many are planning to meet with their Visit USA Committees.

7. At the Department of Commerce, a new banner stating the "U.S. Department of Commerce Celebrates National Tourism Week" will be hung at the building's main entrance throughout the week. The Travel Industry Association of America "Tourism Works for America" video will be played in the lobby under the "Tourism Works for America" banner. A few fact sheets on tourism as an export and our trade balance will be available as well. The Tourism Industries office is decorated with Tourism Works Here flyers, and the staff is ready to help the industry tell the story about the international market to the country through the web site and by phone, fax or e-mail.

To find out more, we encourage you to visit the web site on Thursday and partner with us in showing Tourism Works for America.

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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1860 Washington, D.C. 20230 (202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887 e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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