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Lead Story

Up with DCC in down economy


Industry Update

One platform, one processor

Processing giants go separate ways

No advance for AdvanceMe appeal

Phoenix rising from MPI ashes

2008 Calendar of events

Association roll call - Part II


Brazilian banks look to Linux for ATMs

Ulric Rindebro

Perfecting the art of portfolio sales

Tourist tracker


The facts on FACTA

Ross Federgreen


Street SmartsSM:
Make low price low priority

Jason Felts
Advanced Merchant Services

Great branding on zero budget

Curt Hensley
CSH Consulting

Shop before you sign

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Thriving in a secure payments world

Scott Henry

Bets are on in evolving payments space

Ken Musante
Humboldt Merchant Services

Allies in accountability

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

International Bancard Corp.

New Products

PCI compliance and beyond

Merchant Warehouse

Fight shrinkage with small footprint

NCR RealScan 74 OFX
NCR Corp. and ADT Security Services Inc.


Prioritize with purpose



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

June 09, 2008  •  Issue 08:06:01

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Tourist tracker

With the decline of the U.S. dollar and gas in the United States at a global low of roughly $4 per gallon (it's about $8.33 per gallon in Germany and $9.69 per gallon in Norway), the United States is becoming a more attractive and affordable destination to those who live abroad and want more bang for their euros and krones.

Tourists are flocking to the States. In 2007, international visitor spending increased 53 percent compared to 2003. Here's a look at trends in international travel in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Commerce research:

jet bullet The average length of time an international visitor stays in the United States is 14 to 16 days.

jet bullet The purchase of electronics, U.S. fashions and books by international travelers steadily increases as the U.S. dollar value declines.

jet bullet New York topped the list of most popular destinations for international travel in 2003, uprooting Florida from the number one spot. As of 2007, New York still held the top position.

jet bullet The top 10 most visited U.S. cities for 2007, in descending order, were: New York City; Los Angeles; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; San Francisco; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and Boston.

jet bullet Roughly 18 million overseas tourists visited the top 10 U.S. states in 2003.

jet bullet In 2004, 32 cities and 22 states and territories posted double-digit growth in international visitation.

jet bullet Forty-eight million pedestrians entered the United States via official Mexican border crossings in 2004.

jet bullet In February 2008, 3.3 million international tourists visited the United States, up 15 percent from 2007.

jet bullet International visitor spending reached $122.4 billion in 2007.

jet bullet In 2007, 56 million visitors entered the United States, compared to just 41.2 million in 2003.

jet bullet Overseas tourists spent $11.6 billion while in the United States in February 2008, up 26 percent from 2007's monthly total.

jet bullet Most overseas travelers visiting the United States are from Western Europe, making up 43 percent of all foreign visitors.

jet bullet In 2007, visitors from Canada showed the most travel growth (11 percent year over year) to the United States.

jet bullet In 2007, 2.3 million international visitors traveled to San Francisco, a record number for the city.

jet bullet More than 3.6 million travelers used Orlando International Airport in March 2008, up 6.7 percent from the same month a year ago. International traffic - thanks primarily to new service from Germany and Ireland and expanded service from Panama and Mexico - led the way, rising 34.2 percent to nearly 750,000 visitors.

jet bullet On average, 500 international flights land in Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va. (near Washington, D.C.), weekly.

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