Total sales of tourism-related goods and
services totaled $1.04 trillion in the third quarter, up 5.1% from
the second quarter, according to the Commerce Dept.s Bureau of
Economic Analysis (BEA).
The figures show
direct tourism sales rose 16.8% in the third quarter, with much of
the rise due to sharp increases in gasoline prices.
For the months of
July, August and September, direct tourism sales, which are goods
and services sold directly to visitors, totaled $596
billion was rung up in indirect tourism sales, or goods and
services used to produce what visitors buy.
difference between third- and second-quarter direct-tourism sales
was due largely to higher gas prices, the BEA said.
to the quarter-over-quarter increase were modest jumps in sales of
travel- and tourism-related shopping; food services and drinking
places; and traveler accommodations.
Reflecting a steady
increase in air fares, consumers cut back on air travel in the
third quarter, resulting in a 2.7% decrease in ticket
The BEA figures
show total tourism-related employment grew at 1.7% in the second
quarter of 2005, the most recent quarter for which data are
available, compared with 1.5% in the first quarter. Direct
tourism-related employment in the second quarter grew 1.9%, with
food and beverage services, traveler accommodations and recreation
and entertainment leading the way.
employment in air transportation services dropped by 0.5% during