Recently, the US Department of Commerce forecast a record year for visits by international tourists to the United States. (The article can be found here .)
In turn, the Discover America Partnership, made up of pro-tourism business leaders, disputed the Commerce Department’s claim that tourism throughout the U.S. has made a full recovery from the lows brought on by the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “We have lost nearly 60 million international travelers since 9/11 and the problem is only getting worse,” said Executive Director Geoff Freeman. “As travel around the world skyrockets, the U.S. is mired in a slump. (The complete article can be found here .)
This was followed by a recent article in US Today indicating that while
tourists from UK, France, Germany and Japan account for approximately half of the foreign tourists visiting the U.S., their visitor totals dropped 5% in 2006. See this link
On a somewhat different note, the start of the “Sailing Season” (also known as “Wave Season”) has been slower than predicted just a few months ago. A survey of the first two months of the season by Bank of America analyst Michael Savner indicated that “key indexes weakened in January and February, as pricing in the Caribbean fell precipitously.” (Editorial Note: From our perspective, maybe this is a good opportunity for you to snag a bargain cruise?)
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