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Date: Fri, 8 June 2001 11:19:22 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: Selling the Americas to Pacific Asia: Attend the 16th Annual PATA Americas Travel Mart

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An information service from Tourism Industries
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce


Selling the Americas to Pacific Asia: Attend the 16th Annual PATA Americas Travel Mart

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Since the recovery from Asia's economic downturn in the last two years, the Pacific Asia region has experienced consistent growth in visitation to the United States. In fact, since 1995, the region has experienced a phenomenal 15% growth in arrivals to this country. Asia-Pacific travelers accounted for 16% of all arrivals to the U.S. 2000, topping the 8 million visitors mark. In particular, the top four markets in the region, Japan, Korea, Australia and Taiwan, have performed well in both arrivals and receipts to the U.S. Some quick facts about these markets:

- Japan remained the largest overseas market to the U.S. in 2000, with over 5 million visitors to the U.S. This market has also consistently contributed the most in travel receipts for this U.S.

- Korea rebounded, and strongly outpaced all of the other top international markets, increasing its visitation by more than 32% compared with 1999. Korea's nearly 662,000 visitors in 2000 placed this market from tenth (in 1999) to the sixth largest overseas market to the U.S.

- Australia moved into the top 10 of overseas visitation to the U.S., claiming the number 10 spot in 2000. The nearly 540,000 visitors in 2000 from Australia was an increase of 12% from 1999.

-Taiwan maintained its 12th largest overseas market ranking in 2000 with over 457,000 visitors coming to the U.S. This market experienced a modest 1% increase from 1999.

To capitalize on the strong growth of the Asia Pacific market, consider attending the 16th Annual PATA Americas Travel Mart.

The U.S. Department of Commerce is working with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) to pass along their invitation to you to PATA Americas Travel Mart (formerly known as PATA-VUSAMART) -- a carefully balanced educational conference and business forum that facilitates travel from key Pacific Asia nations to the Americas. The event will be held in Mexico City from September 25-28, 2001 at the Presidente Inter-Continental.
The show's proven success is based on:

* Travel planners: qualified, top-producing and key decision-making professionals from Pacific Asia

* Suppliers: representatives from mature, new and exotic destinations, attractions and service providers in Canada, Mexico and the United States

* Pre-scheduled, computer-matched business meetings plus a "one-to-one" scheduling session to fill on-site appointments

* Appointment sessions that match travel planners' and suppliers' requests to conduct business negotiations in a conducive environment

* An educational program presented by expert panelists and lecturers on the latest trends affecting Pacific Asia travelers.

See the PATA web site for additional details at: http://www.pata.org/frame.cfm?pageid=2&ebid=28

Registration must be received by August 1, 2001, in order to ensure the scheduling of all appointments. For registration forms, brochures or more information, call PATA at: +1 (415) 986-4646; or visit the website at: www.pata.org

More Research: The Tourism Industries office invites you to visit our web site and explore our resources available on the Pacific Asia region:

General Outreach Page:

Asia Regional Outreach Page:

Oceania Regional Outreach Page:

Japan Outreach Page:

Australia Outreach Page:

Korea Outreach Page:

Taiwan Outreach Page:


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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2073
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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