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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.

International Visitation to the United States - Business Travel by World Region and Total Overseas - Year to Date June 2010 (Percent Change)

International Visitation to the United States - Pleasure Travel by World Region and Total Overseas - Year to Date June 2010 (Percent Change)

BUSINESS TRAVEL vs. PLEASURE TRAVEL
Among the top 20 overseas countries, all posted increases in business travel, and all but six countries generated growth in pleasure travel. To access the rates of change for the top 20 overseas arrival markets comparing business, pleasure and total travel to the United States, please visit <http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2010-I-001/index.html>.

NATIONAL EXPORT INITIATIVE
To improve conditions that directly affect the private sector's ability to export, on March 11, 2010 President Obama created the National Export Initiative (NEI). The automation of the arrival/departure Form [CBP Form I-94W] for Visa Waiver Program travelers supports this initiative as the automated form will greatly improve the measurement and timely release of international arrival data to the United States.

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: <https://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.

SOURCE
The monthly Summary of International Travel to the United States report has approximately 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the United States. The report provides data on approximately 90 countries each month and more than 40 ports of entry.

To find out more about this program, please go to: <https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html>.

If you would like to subscribe to the monthly international arrivals reports, please go to: <https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html>.

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
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