Commerce Dept. shows tourism sales jump 5.3%

WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Dept.'s Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated total tourism sales of $965 billion in the second quarter, a seasonally adjusted annual growth rate of 5.3%.

The total includes $546.4 billion in goods and services sold directly to visitors, including gasoline and souvenirs. The remaining $418.6 billion reflects indirect sales, or things used to produce the goods and services visitors buy, the bureau said.

For the first time, the bureau included sales from all industries, rather than just from travel-related firms. The result is said to be a better reflection of actual traveler spending.

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