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.