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U.S. Expects Increase in International Travelers

March 18, 2004

U.S. Expects Increase in International Travelers
March 18, 2004 – United States tourism officials expect more European and Canadian visitors this year. The weak U.S. dollar is believed to be part of the cause. Officials hope the exchange rate helps reverse a three-year decline in the number of international visitors to the United States.

"It couldn’t happen at a better time," said Cathy Keefe, spokeswoman for the Travel Industry Association. "We’ll see the results of tourists spending more money. They’ll stay longer, stay at nicer hotels, take more tours, eat out at more restaurants."

The number of international visitors coming to the United States fell from 51 million in 2000 to 40.4 million visitors in 2003, according to the U.S. Office of Tourism Industries. The OTTI is predicting a 5% increase in international visitors in 2004, to 42.1 million tourists. Some attribute this to the exchange rate, as well as to a greater feeling of security and an improving world economy.

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