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US should ease visa access for tourists wielding cash
from Bloomberg
This holiday season, millions of tourists visited the U.S. Given the economic benefits they bring, the U.S. should be working overtime to welcome their friends and families next year. An estimated 60 million international visitors arrived in the U.S. in 2011, spending almost $150 billion, supporting nearly 2 million American jobs and accounting for more than a quarter of U.S. service exports. From taxi fares to tchotchke purchases, tourists account for a big chunk of economic activity. More
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Can foreign tourists help US economy?
from The Associated Press via USA Today
Agustina Ocampo is the kind of foreign traveler that makes businesses salivate. The 22-year-old Argentine recently dropped more than $5,000 on food, hotels and clothes in Las Vegas during a trip that also took her to Seattle's Space Needle, Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. But she doubts she will return soon. More
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Foreign tourists pour money into US at record clip
from Moneynews
Foreign tourists are a major source of fuel for the U.S. economy. International visitors are on track to spend more than $152 billion this year, overshadowing the record $141 billion spent in 2008, the Los Angeles Times reports. Data from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries show visitors spent $127 billion in the United States in the first 10 months of 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports. More
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Miami has hearty 'Oi!' for free-spending Brazilians
from The New York Times
Even in a city that has embraced so many waves of Latinos that it jokingly is referred to as the only South American capital in North America, no one group has been as courted and pampered in Miami as the Brazilians. More
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12 New Year's resolutions for TSA in 2012
from The Huffington Post
Christopher Elliott writes, "I have noticed that our friends at the TSA haven't announced their New Year's resolutions yet — at least not publicly — so I thought I would help the federal agency charged with the challenging task of protecting our transportation systems. Here are 12 things the TSA should stop doing in 2012." More
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Inundated theme parks turn away visitors
from MSN Money
How's this for a sign of consumer confidence: Theme parks in Orlando, Fla., got so crowded during the holidays that they turned away visitors. The question is how long the crowds will last. More
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Travel Weekly Preview: Looking ahead to 2012
from Travel Weekly
As a prediction for 2012, it's safe to say the year is going to be a lot like a Wednesday. Such a forecast might make no sense to some people, but readers of a certain age, recalling the Mickey Mouse Club of the 1950s, will remember Wednesday as "Anything Can Happen Day." More
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Never safer: Aviation deaths at record low
from The Associated Press via ABC News
Boarding an airplane has never been safer. The past 10 years have been the best in the country's aviation history, with 153 fatalities. That's just two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights, according to an Associated Press analysis of government accident data. More
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