Visitor numbers to the United States have not recovered since the September 11, 2001 attack in New York, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Speaking to reporters at the 41st annual Pow Wow in Miami, Florida today, Association President Roger Dow said international visitation is down ten percent to April this year from a year ago.
"We have not returned to the pre September 11 number of overseas visitors. We are 633,000 visitors less than where we were a year ago," said Mr Dow.
He said while the global travel pie is growing, America must find new ways to attract travellers to the country. "These are troubled times for the global travel industry what with a recession and pandemics that are keeping people at home," he said.
On the plus side, Mr Dow this is one of the greatest times to visit the USA, the deals are fantastic with air fares ridiculously low and hotels offering unheard of rates.
The U.S. Travel Association also announced that an additional 200 customs and immigration officers have just been hired to speed up the process at a number of major American airports.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: B.M