U.S. inbound travel up 11% in first half of 2010


The U.S. hosted 27.5 million international visitors during the first six months of the year, an 11% increase, and they spent $65.2 billion, an 8% increase, according to Commerce Department data.

Arrivals from Canada, Mexico and overseas markets all increased in the 10-12% range, but Western Europe, the biggest overseas market, remained flat with growth of only 0.2%.

Europe appeared to be held back by the two largest source markets, the U.K. and Germany. They were down 3.7% and 0.2%, respectively. France, the third-largest source market in Europe, was up only 2.3%.

According to the Commerce Department, the rebound in travel to the U.S. is much more robust elsewhere. Asia was on top with a 27% increase, followed closely by Oceania at 26.6% and South America at 21%. Arrivals from the Middle East rose 11.5%.

Canada and Mexico continue to account for well over half the total, generating 9.2 million and 6.5 million visitors, respectively. The remaining markets, collectively dubbed "overseas," generated 11.8 million.

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