Industry exports exhibit double-digit growth for seventh consecutive
month

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international
visitors spent $13.0 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities
within, the United States during the month of September – nearly $1.5 billion
more (13%) than was spent in September 2010. Travel and tourism-related exports
have increased, on average, nearly $1.5 billion a month in 2011 and now account
for more than 25 percent of all U.S. services exports.

  • Travel Receipts: Purchases of travel and
    tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the
    United States totaled $9.8 billion during September, an increase of 10 percent
    when compared to last year. These goods and services include food, lodging,
    recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and
    other items incidental to foreign travel.
  • Passenger Fare Receipts: Fares received by U.S.
    carriers (and U.S. vessel operators) from international visitors increased
    appreciably for the month. When compared to September 2010, U.S. passenger fare
    exports increased (21%) to $3.3 billion forthe month.

International visitors have spent an estimated $112.8 billion on U.S. travel
and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through September),
an increase of 13 percent when compared to the same period last year.

Americans have spent more than $82.3 billion abroad year to date (up 8%) –
resulting in a $30.6 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the
first nine months of 2011.

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting,
analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the
U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and
tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit: <

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/download_data_table/Monthly_Exports_Imports_Balance.xls

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Travelers in and out of Bradley now have a new option inside the secure area – a Martini/Wine Bar.

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As you read here earlier, Delta Airlines’ BDL Station Manager challenged his staff and the airport community to raise $5,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “Raise five thousand dollars in 30 days and I will wear a pink dress to work” he ventured. Raise it they did…in less than a week. And then the stakes escalated as others joined in. At the end of the month, the BCRF folks were $20,550.00 closer to beating Breast Cancer.

As in everything he does, Al was a great sport on this effort. He actively went out and promoted the drive, and brought the entire airport Community into this important challenge.

Al has completed the Boston Marathon a few times, but not yet in pink slippers. He is also a Board Member of “Bradley Family Day”, a wholly volunteer effort to raise funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp…over $700,000 to date.

Flying Typers Publisher Geoffrey Arend has circled the globe for decades interviewing Airline, Airport, and Industry Executives. He is shown here in the lobby of the DoubleTree Miami Convention Center working the crowd, recording comments from fellow air cargo industry veteran Tony Romeo. Keep up the great work Geoffrey.

 

Director Johnson welcomes the delegates to Air & Sea Cargo Americas 2011

The first full day of the bi-annual event saw an extremely busy exhibition floor at the newly renovated Doubletree/World Trade Center Miami. The first conference was welcomed by Bill Johnson, Director of the Port of Miami, who spoke of this year’s 6% increase in cargo throughput, on top of last year’s 5%.

The show seems to be back to its old form, following a few lackluster years hampered by a sour worldwide economy and turmoil in the air cargo industry. The exhibition space sold out early, and every booth space was occupied.