National Tourism Week Presentations
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August 9, 2002            (202) 482-0310

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES
RECOVERY IN VISITORS FROM THE U.K.

First Quarter 2002 Arrival Data Highlights U.K. Recovery From 9/11

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released preliminary visitor arrival figures for the first quarter of 2002 that indicate travel from the United Kingdom to the United States has recovered from the dramatic drop seen after the 9/11 attacks.

Although international travel to the U.S. through the first quarter of 2002 continued to contract, the severity of the decline is significantly less than the contractions recorded in the last four months of 2001.

Highlights of U.K. Arrivals for First Quarter 2002

The release of the official arrival figures confirms what the industry indicated in the latest U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer Survey, a program that provides industry with a short-term forecast on travel demand.

A new U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer survey is currently being conducted and will focus on travel demand for the second half of 2002. It will also provide the U.K. travel trade an opportunity to indicate top barriers for travel and suggestions for eliminating those barriers. A new question has been added that focuses on the ramifications from the September 11 attacks related to entrance procedures for the United States.

To access the 2002 arrivals analysis go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/monthly/index.html.

To access the U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer survey results or for U.K. travel trade interested in participating in the Barometer program go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/recovery.