Study: U.S. is both winner and loser

The U.S. won some and lost some last year in the worldwide competition for travelers from its top international tourist markets, according to the Travel Industry Association's annual Market Share Indicator.

Market share was up more than 3% for Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan and the U.K. last year. The share fell by 4% or more, however, for Australia, Canada, Japan and Spain.

Many of the declines were attributable to weak economies or the falling value of the country's currency against the U.S. dollar, TIA researchers said. But Switzerland and Taiwan also saw depreciation in their currency, which made those market share increases a welcome surprise, TIA said.

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