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Commerce Secretary Locke Announcing New Data Today on International Travel to the US at a Meeting of Industry Leaders

WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will announce the latest data on international arrivals and visitor expenditures for the travel and tourism industry on Tuesday at a meeting with the Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

The travel and tourism industry accounts for 24 percent of exports in services and 8 percent of all U.S. exports. Travel and tourism is one of six industries targeted to help achieve the goal of doubling exports through President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI). Tourism is our largest service export and the United States has enjoyed a trade surplus in tourism since 1989.

One year after President Obama announced the NEI, Locke will meet with the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to discuss the progress made on the initiative and to hear their recommendations on ways to facilitate international travel to the U.S.

WHO: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez

WHAT: Announcement of new international travel data at a Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Ave., NW

Room 4830

Washington, DC 20230

Media Coverage: This event is open press. To RSVP, please contact Kevin Xu, [email protected], or Cory Churches, [email protected]. For additional questions, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 482-4883.

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