According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, travel to the United States us up 11 percent over last year, marking the 12th consecutive month of increases in U.S. arrivals. This is a good sign for Arizona’s top industry, tourism.
Home countries of the most common visitors to the United States are Canada and Mexico.
Other top countries included the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and France.
Jim Warrington, chief strategist for Fantail Communications of Toronto, a member of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), said Canada’s two major airlines are showing an increase in load factors to over 80 percent.
“Air Canada reports flights to China are almost fully booked, and the Toronto-Dubai route by Emirates A380 is sold out all the time. Apparently, it’s their most profitable route globally,” Warrington said. “There’s no question that long haul travel, especially for business, is back.”
Perry Goldsmith, president of Contemporary Communications in Vancouver, also a PRGN member, added, “What is interesting is that this increase is in the face of higher security and a poor economic outlook in North America. The U.S. and Canada are seen as good places to travel. The U.S. dollar is almost on par with the Canadian dollar. Both countries are safe and comfortable to travel in.”
HMA pays it forward to our international travel buddies. In fact, some of the HMA team has international travel planned for early 2011 – for both pleasure and business -- with Mexico, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium among the destinations. Break out the passports.