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Number of International Visits to the US on the Rise

2010 data released recently by the Commerce Department shows some encouraging signs for United States tourism as the country tries to bounce back from the lingering effects of the global recession.

 

According to a report issued by the department’s Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, 60 million foreign tourists visited the US in 2010, a 9 percent increase over 2009.

 

The economic impact created by foreign visitors was a whopping $1.34 trillion for the year.

 

The report says that most visitors came from Canada and Mexico, with the United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany not far behind.

 

However, the US also saw a major increase in the number of Asian and South American visitors, with visits from China, South Korea, and Brazil rising sharply.

 

New York City remained the top destination for visiting foreigners, followed by Miami, Los Angeles, and Orlando.

 

Source: USA Today

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