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Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 15:06:58 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: Tap Into the South American Travel Market: Attend DOC-Certified Events

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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

3/27/ 2001

Tap Into the South American Travel Market: Attend DOC-Certified Events

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

The South American region has been a solid market for tourism exports, generating over 2,733,000 visitors to the U.S. in 1999. Despite recent, short-term economic downturns, the region has experienced a 29% growth over the past 5 years. In particular, three of the top markets in the region, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, have performed well in both arrivals and receipts to the U.S. Some quick facts about these markets:

- Brazil was the 5th largest overseas market to the U.S. in 1999, with over 665,000 visitors to the U.S. This market contributed over two billion dollars in travel receipts to the U.S. economy. Tourism Industries expects the Brazilian market to grow by 24%, topping over 824,000 visitors, by 2003.

- Argentina remained as a top 10 market to the U.S. (#9 ranking), with over half-a-million visitors to the U.S. in 1999. Their travel receipts to the U.S. totaled nearly $1.5 billion. By 2003, TI is forecasting the Argentine market to maintain its market position, and grow to 609,000 visitors, an increase of 21%.

- Chile experienced a growth of one percent in 1999, up to over 181,000 visitors. Chilean visitors spent $540 million in travel expenditures in the U.S. in 1999. TI is forecasting the Chilean market to grow by 30%, up to over 235,000 visitors, by the year 2003.

Make sure your destination/business is capturing these top markets * exhibit and attend U.S. Department of Commerce-supported Visit USA and Destino Conferences in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago:

Visit USA * Sao Paulo, Brazil: April 20, 2001, Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel

Destino USA * Buenos Aires, Argentina: April 23, 2001, Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center

Destino USA * Santiago, Chile: April 25, 2001, Crowne Plaza Hotel

All three conferences are officially certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service. Visit USA and Destino USA are opportunities to increase your visibility and the flow of these respective markets to your destination. These shows offer an affordable venue to display products and services to the Brazilian, Argentine and Chilean travel trade, as well as connections with potential buyers and tourism officials.

If you are interested in any of these conferences, please visit the Conex website at:
http://www.conexgroup.com/2001-VisitUSA-DestinoUSA/default-Cust.asp?Source=C

More Research: The Tourism Industries office invites you to visit our web site and explore our resources available on South America:

General Outreach Page:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/index.html

South America Regional Outreach Page:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/inbound.region_south_america.south_america.html

Brazil Outreach Page:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/inbound.country_in_south_america.brazil.html

Brazilian Market Profile:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/cat/f-1999-141-001.html

Argentina Outreach Page:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/inbound.country_in_south_america.argentina.html

Argentine Market Profile:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/cat/f-1999-139-001.html

Forecast of Overseas Travel to the U.S.:
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/cat/f-2000-99-001.html

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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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