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October 25, 2010
BUSINESS TRAVEL GREW STRONGLY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2010
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that as total overseas visits to the United States grew 11 percent during the first six months of 2010, business travel visits jumped 19 percent. At the same time, pleasure travel visits were up nine percent. After unprecedented declines in business travel of as much as 40 percent in 2009, the double digit gains in business travel that most of the top overseas countries registered in the first half of 2010 are a welcome change.
While the expansion in business travel in the first half of 2010 is positive, it has not yet matched business travel in 2008. Year to date June 2010, overseas visits were down less than one percent (-0.6%) compared to the first six months of 2008, with business travel visits decreasing 14 percent and pleasure travel visits increasing two percent.
BUSINESS TRAVEL vs. PLEASURE TRAVEL
NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is a member of the I-94W Elimination Project Inter-agency Working Group and will work to ensure that I-94 international arrival data for visitors from visa-waiver countries will continue to be processed in a seamless fashion after the paper form is discontinued. To learn more about the NEI, you are encouraged to visit: <http://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.
To find out more about this program, please go to: <http://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html>.
If you would like to subscribe to the monthly international arrivals reports, please go to: <http://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html>.
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration