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Foreign visits to the U.S. show signs of life
Four million people visited the United States from abroad last October and spent $10.3 billion in the process. Unlike the visitation statistic, spending was down ... considerably. The cash shelled out by international visitors was off 13 percent year over year. But, the declines are shrinking. For the first 10 months of 2009, visitor spending amounted to $100.9 billion, a decline of 16 percent from the same period in 2008.
Thirteen of the top 20 countries in terms of visitation to the United States posted increases in October -- six of them in double digits. Brazil, Australia, China, South Korea, Venezuela and Colombia delivered the greatest gains.
Visits from Western Europe were down 5 percent for October and 11 percent for the year, while Asia posted a 2 percent gain and a year-to-date decline of 11 percent. The greatest gains were in the South American market: visitation to the United States was up 22 percent for October and 6 percent for the first 10 months of 2009.
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