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August 18, 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

Promote Yourself to Latin American Market: La Cumbre 2005 in Houston

La Cumbre – The Americas Summit is the marketplace for travel professionals from throughout the Americas. Three days of pre-scheduled business appointments, networking opportunities and seminars, including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Travel & Tourism Industries’ (OTTI) annual release of the region’s most recent demographics, spending patterns, emerging markets, and country-by-country economic projections.

For additional information on La Cumbre 2005, September 7 – 9 in Houston, Texas, please visit their official website: http://www.lacumbre.com, call (904) 285-3333 or e-mail lsteinmann@reedexpo.com.

For more information on the Latin American travel market to the U.S., please visit the following link: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/index.html.

For a preview of OTTI’s annual forecast on Latin America, which will be discussed at the La Cumbre presentation, visit the (OTTI) website at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/f-2005-05-001/index.html.

The most recent monthly 2005 arrivals data indicates more than 12 million international visitors traveled to the United States during the first four months of 2005, an increase of eight percent over the same period in 2004. Highlights of April 2005 and YTD International Arrivals to the United States include:

  • Canadian visitation grew by two percent during April and eight percent through the first four months of 2005 as compared to 2004.
  • Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased two percent over April of last year and seven percent for the year-to-date.
  • Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) were down 41 percent in April, reflecting a change in the Easter holiday. Overall, year-to-date Mexican arrivals were up by eight percent.
  • South America saw a growth of two percent and nine percent in visitation for April and the year-to-date, respectively. Central America saw a two percent decrease for April, but remains up by 10 percent for the year. Strong growth was noted from Brazil, which saw increases of nearly 27 percent for the month.

The May 2005 arrivals data will be released before La Cumbre. To see this data, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2005-I-001/index.html.

It is not too late to register to attend this important international conference. Please contact the La Cumbre staff to be part of the growing Latin American market to the country.

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230

E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

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