Tourism is a revenue-generating industry for many states in the U.S.A. By gathering and analyzing the statistics of the number of arrivals from the international countries, the American tourism industry can better determine tourism trends and increase and/or redirect its marketing efforts.

In June 2009, of the top 20 countries; 16 posted decreases in visitation to the United States, with visitation from nine countries declining at double-digit growth rates.

In the first six months of 2009, 16 of the top 20 countries posted decreases in visitation to the United States, with visitation from eight countries declining at double-digit growth rates.

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Source: ita.doc.gov

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