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A Traveler In The Foreign Service: What's It Like To Work In The Foreign Commercial Service?

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: What's It Like To Work In The Foreign Commercial Service? Apr 5th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Janice Corbett has been a diplomat for more than 21 years. She has lived in South Korea, Spain, Ecuador, Brazil and Canada. She's on a first name basis with several heads of state and has even met the King and Queen of Spain. Her lifestyle of international travel and adventure started in Cleveland, Ohio, of all places. After getting an M.B.A., the Washington, D.C., native landed a job as a...

Foreign visitor travel spending over $100 billion in United States

Foreign visitor travel spending over $100 billion in United States Dec 31st, 2010 at 9:00AM: Visitors from outside the United States brought close to $12 billion with them in October, making it the tenth month in a row that spending by this group grew year over year. On average this year, total travel and tourism exports have increased $1.4 billion a month. People are visiting us again! According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, travel- and tourism-related exports reached...

The travel market recovery in five simple stats

The travel market recovery in five simple stats Nov 23rd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Is it time to celebrate yet? International visitation to the United States is one month shy of posting a year's worth of monthly gains. More people are coming, and they're opening their wallets. A travel recovery is in the works, and it's being fueled with foreign cash – a net benefit for U.S. travel industry workers. How can you tell we're on the upswing? Well, take a look at the five...

Five signs people are traveling to the U.S. from overseas, recovery in progress

Five signs people are traveling to the U.S. from overseas, recovery in progress Oct 27th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Travel to the United States from overseas is up drastically from last year. For the first seven months of 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, foreign visitation is up 12 percent relative to the same period in 2009. In July alone, 6.3 million people came to the country, a whopping 15 percent gain from July 2009, making it the tenth month in a row in which arrivals increased. And,...

Business travel to U.S. from overseas spikes

Business travel to U.S. from overseas spikes Oct 25th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Suits and ties are no longer in short supply on visits to the United States from overseas. The latest data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows 11 percent growth year over year for the first six months of 2010 ... for total travel. Business travel led the way, with a 19 percent year-over-year gain for the same period. Leisure travel was up 9 percent. Of course, this follows the...

U.S. travel abroad slips, spending plummets

U.S. travel abroad slips, spending plummets Jul 3rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: The number of travelers leaving the United States fell 3 percent from 2008 to 2008. According to the latest data from the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, 61.5 million people comprised the outbound market in 2009. Travel Mexico was off 4 percent year over year, with Canada falling 7 percent. Overseas destinations – i.e., everywhere else – sustained a decline of 2 percent....

More Americans pay up to get out

More Americans pay up to get out Jun 16th, 2010 at 2:00PM: The outbound non-stop air passenger market grew 6 percent from March 2009 to March 2010, reflecting a 3 percent gain for the first quarter year-over-year. An estimated 3.3 million people hopped flights from the United States in March this year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, with the total reaching 8.6 million for the first three months. Air travel to all international markets...

Foreign travelers to U.S. dropped more than $30bn in first quarter

Foreign travelers to U.S. dropped more than $30bn in first quarter Jun 5th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Travel spending bounced higher March, even though the bar was set pretty low. Foreign visitors spent an estimated $10.8 billion on travel to and tourism-related activities in the United States that month. That's an increase of nearly $1.1 billion – or 11 percent – over March 2010. So, travel exports grew for the second month in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. ...

Travel lobbying: Cuba, medical leave cost $305,000

Travel lobbying: Cuba, medical leave cost $305,000 Jun 1st, 2010 at 3:00PM: Money may be tight in the travel business, but there's always some pocket change hanging around for lobbyists. In the first quarter of 2010, the American Hotel & Lodging Association shelled out $305,000 on federal lobbying. Cuba was one of the top items, along with labor issues such as family medical leave and health insurance for small businesses in the industry. Shocked at the number? I...

Asia compensates for rest of world in air travel decline

Asia compensates for rest of world in air travel decline May 26th, 2010 at 2:00PM: From February 2009 to February 2010, outbound non-stop air travel from the United States remained flat, a seemingly promising sign in a travel market that's been brutalized by global economic conditions. Take a look under the covers, however, and you can see that, for some destinations, we aren't completely out of trouble yet. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, flights from the...

Visitor spending in U.S. drops for 15th consecutive month

Visitor spending in U.S. drops for 15th consecutive month Apr 6th, 2010 at 3:30PM: International visitor spending is still heading in the wrong direction. In January, travelers coming to the United States from abroad spent only $10.3 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, a decline of 3 percent from January 2009. In hard cash, that's a drop of $310 million. Travel receipts amounted to $8.1 billion in January – that's money spent on travel and...

Foreign visitor spending in U.S. gets ugly

Foreign visitor spending in U.S. gets ugly Dec 28th, 2009 at 2:00PM: The U.S. Department of Commerce tells us that spending in the United States by foreign visitors fell 13 percent to $10.3 billion for the month of October – off $1.6 billion from October 2008. For the entire year, international visitor spending plunged 16 percent. Spending fell $18.6 billion. The good news is that the October decline is better than the year-to-date drop, which the...

New York remains top U.S. port of entry

New York remains top U.S. port of entry Dec 12th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Through the first nine months of this year, overseas visitors passed mostly through only 15 ports of entry. These spots, according to the Department of Commerce accounted for 84 percent of entry traffic into the United States, gaining two percentage points over the first nine months of 2008. New York's JFK airport, Miami and Los Angeles dominated, pulling in 39 percent of all arrivals, up a...

Foreign visitation to the U.S. on the road to recovery

Foreign visitation to the U.S. on the road to recovery Dec 10th, 2009 at 11:00AM: The travel market is showing some signs of stability! Finally! In September, the Department of Commerce reports that 4.1 million people visited the United States from abroad, down only 1 percent from the previous September. Visitation for the first nine months of this year fell 8 percent. Spending was down 14 percent from September to September, hitting $10.3 billion for the month....

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year?

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year? Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:00AM: If you visited the United States from overseas, you probably hit the ground in one of 15 ports of entry. These top first stops accounted for 84 percent of all entries from overseas in the first eight months of 2009-- up almost 2 percentage points from the same period in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Traffic through the major ports is becoming slightly more concentrated. This...

Visitors from outside the U.S. down 9 percent, spending a lot less

Visitors from outside the U.S. down 9 percent, spending a lot less Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Visits from outside the United States continued their slide in August. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 5.4 million people visited the United States from other countries in August this year. Unfortunately, that's a drop of 9 percent from August 2008. And, the smaller number of people is spending less money when it comes here. In August 2009, international visitors spent $10...

Everyone wants to go to the U.S.: posts highest scores in brand survey

Everyone wants to go to the U.S.: posts highest scores in brand survey Nov 6th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Step aside, Australia: travelers now prefer the United States. A report by consulting firm FutureBrand shows that the United States' Country Brand Index topped Australia, which usually has the top spot. The survey collects the thoughts of around 3,000 international business and recreational travelers, measuring how various countries are perceived. The report credits President Obama with driving...

Foreigners are still spending less in the U.S.

Foreigners are still spending less in the U.S. Nov 4th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Visitors from outside the United States came in and spent $9.9 billion in August ... which sounds like a lot. Unfortunately, it's down 21 percent from what they spent in August 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, as the travel slump continues to clamp wallets shut. The good news, though, is that spending by foreign visitors to the United States edged 1 percent higher from July....

Travel from the rest of the world to the U.S. falls ... again

Travel from the rest of the world to the U.S. falls ... again Sep 12th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Travel fell again in 2009, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data, as a weak economy put pressure on both personal and corporate travel budgets. Only 3.6 million people arrived from other countries, marking a decline of 11 percent from June 2008 to June 2009. For the six months of the year, international arrivals were off 10 percent year-over-year. The spending situation was even worse....

Foreigners spend $9.5bn on travel to and in the U.S., down 22%

Foreigners spend $9.5bn on travel to and in the U.S., down 22% Jul 23rd, 2009 at 4:00PM: It's not exactly a surprise: foreign spending on U.S.-related travel is down sharply year-over-year. In May this year, foreigners dropped $9.5 billion on travel to the United States and tourism within the country. This is down 22 percent from May 2008. according to the Department of Commerce. A global recession triggered by last year's financial crisis (duh) has made travel relatively more...

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