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Date: May 5, 2005
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: OTTI Website is back on-line with New 2004 Data and Information on Programs

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An information service from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

May 5, 2005

OTTI Website is back on-line with New 2004 Data and Information on Programs

The Department of Commerce, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI) website is back on-line, including the TInews service! The website serves as the official source of international travel data and news from the National Tourism Office for the nation.

On April 18, 2005, the Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. Experiences First Double Digit Growth in International Arrivals Since 1992. For details on this release, please refer to the U.S. Department of Commerce press release on annual arrivals: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/0405/travel_041805.html

Additional information is now available on the 2004 arrivals and spending. Please go to the Inbound Travel to the U.S. link, and then the Inbound Overview link at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/inbound.general_information.inbound_overview.html

Monthly arrivals section for 2004 has been updated. Please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/index.html

The following information describes top arrival port activity for the year:

Overseas arrivals through ports were up 13 percent for 2004. Arrivals through the top 15 ports of entry equaled 85 percent of all overseas arrivals during 2004, no change from 2003. The top three ports of entry (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas arrivals through ports this year, the same as in 2003, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04_q4.html

In May, OTTI will post additional 2004 data, a new forecast for international travel and additional information on the international travel market to and from the United States. Historical information is also available.

Another new addition to the re-launched site is the April 11, 2005 Request for Information on the OTTI In-Flight Survey Program. The request for information allows OTTI to obtain comments and which will allow us to improve our largest research program. The In-Flight Survey is used to provide the state and city visitation estimates, the travel and passenger fare exports and imports for the country and more. To learn more, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/ifs/index.html

OTTI would like to thank the industry for its patience during this very difficult time. We greatly appreciate the support we received. Our hope is that this move to a new platform will increase the stability of this website to ensure industry has the data they have come to rely upon from this office.

As always, we welcome industry input on ways we can make the site more useful and easier for you to use. Please send your comments to: otti@trade.gov

Finally, please bookmark the OTTI website, by visiting https://travel.trade.gov/

Thank you.

Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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