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Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 13:59:12 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: An International Travel Planners Best Friend - The North American Journey's website

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An information service from Tourism Industries
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

03/19/2001

An International Travel Planners Best Friend - The North American Journey's website

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

Tourism Industries would like to inform you of a web site that may be of interest to anyone interested in the international travel market to the United States. The site is called North American Journeys.

VisitNAJ.com (North American Journeys) is the only travel site designed to be used by international tour operators, media, and travel agents researching new ideas for products.

According to Tourism Industries (TI) 1999 data, 32% of the overseas vacation travelers to the U.S. used a package tour. For first time travelers to the United States, almost 35% used a package. Also according to TI data, the sources of information used by leisure travelers to the United States to plan their trip are: Travel Agent - 63%, the media (travel guides, newspapers/magazines and TV/Radio) - 27%, Friends & Relatives - 22%, the airlines directly - 14%, and the tour wholesaler - 13%

In addition to a monthly newsletter edited specifically for the international market, the site contains the following:

- 140 "Free-to-Use" suggested itineraries prepared by local experts.
- The NAJ "Mystery Shopper" each month reviews new attractions.
- Directory of selected attractions.
- Where to Shop Directory.
- Receptive Operators Directory.
- Calendar of Events featuring top events from various cities.
- Downloadable database of high-resolution photos.
- Time saving travel tools including a special "distance finder, along with point to point driving directions in nine languages; visa and passport information and international tourism research provided by Tourism Industries.

VisitNAJ.com is produced by North American Journeys, Inc., which has been marketing incoming tourism to North America since 1992 through a variety of specialized events and publishing projects.

To learn more about these services and information, visit the NAJ's web site at: http://visitnaj.com/

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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2073
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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