''I don't think that people are questioning that we're trying to get our arms around security,'' Belpusi said. But she said the government should communicate better with ''the people that are probably affected the most'' the tourists. visitor George Somerville, of Glasgow, Scotland, said international flights are generally cheaper to places other than the United States.
Meantime, Power said his Las Vegas tour company would continue pushing for foreign travelers, but he called on all players to step up.
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Paula Bohaty, a group travel manager for the Nebraska Division of Travel Tourism, said the industry would benefit from marketing smaller destinations that foreign travelers aren't familiar with and from pitching experiences foreign travelers find novel like working on a farm.
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''In the last 12 months, destinations my colleagues have traveled to include China twice, Singapore, India and Thailand,'' he said. markets itself abroad.
''Whose customers are they really? Is it the airline, is it the hotel they stay at, is it the sightseeing operator that they go to do an experience with, is it the car rental company?'' Power asked. ''Ultimately, they're everybody's, and everybody's got to be on the same page.''
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Top destination cities are spending millions to promote themselves abroad and often compete with one another for foreign visitors, meaning less obvious destinations with smaller marketing budgets have trouble being heard. visa rules. Dow said other countries already do the same.
''Right now, there's some other worldwide destinations that are taking some of the marketplace,'' said Power. World Tourism Organization, the United States had 51 million international visitors in 2000, more than 7 percent of the 682 million international arrivals worldwide. saw roughly the same number of visitors as it used to dropping its share to 6 percent. still drew more money than any other single country in 2006 and more than it did in 2000. took in 12 percent of the $733 billion worldwide tourism market, or $86 billion in 2006. Commerce Department.
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