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Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: U.S. Summer Bookings Grew – Did your Destination?

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January 5, 2005

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

U.S. Summer Bookings Grew – Did your Destination?

Summer bookings to the U.S. grew, according to the latest Travel Barometer report. Did bookings grow to your destination?

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries produced the latest UK, German, and Mexico Travel Barometer reports. These subscription-based reports provided subscribers with the anticipated growth in bookings for summer travel from the United Kingdom, Germany, and Mexico to the U.S. and to subscriber destinations (states and cities).

Snapshots of projected summer bookings, for travel to the United States, were available in July 2004. A synopsis of finalized summer bookings, available in October 2004, are listed below. (Actual travel data subsequently reported by OTTI in December 2004 is also noted):

United Kingdom Travel Barometer:
Summer bookings to the U.S. were reported up10 to 15 percent, compared to last year.
(Actual arrivals for 3Q were up almost 10 percent.)

German Travel Barometer:
Summer bookings reported increases from four to nine percent, compared to summer 2003. (Actual visitation for 3Q was up eight percent.)

Mexico Travel Barometer:
Summer bookings ranged from flat to up 1 - 3 percent, compared to last summer.
(The actual number of Mexican visitors traveling to the U.S. interior was up by almost four percent in 3Q.)

Bookings to your destination?
The next Travel Barometer survey will report year-end 2004 bookings and predict bookings for the first half of 2005. This timely report will be released in early February! This is the time to subscribe.

To be sure your destination is included in the next Travel Barometer survey register and subscribe today on-line at http://tinet.ita.doc/recovery. Or contact Mr. Scott C. Johnson, Program Administrator, by calling 1-518-963-4126 or by e-mail at scott@travelmi.com.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, Travel Barometer program provides timely answers to critical questions regarding visitor arrival shifts from the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and Japan (starting in January). The Barometer is a qualitative survey collecting input from active travel trade working in-country to sell and promote travel to the United States. The program reports bookings/travel by quarter, predicts bookings/travel six months out, and reports on market conditions. It is the timeliest destination-specific indicator on the change in international (United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and Japan) visitor arrivals available.

Find out more by visiting http://tinet.ita.doc/recovery.


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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