The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that 34.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States during the first eight months of 2008, an increase of nine percent over the same period in 2007. In August 2008, total visitation was 5.6 million, an increase of six percent over August 2007.
International visitors spent $96.3 billion from January through August 2008, an increase of 24 percent over the first eight months of 2007. In August 2008, visitors spent a record $12.7 billion, an increase of 20 percent over August 2007.
The Official International Trade Administration press release on the August 2008 international arrivals is located on the web at: http://trade.gov/press/press_releases.asp
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