How Do You Explain This?
WASHINGTON -- The number of foreign visitors to the United States set a record in 2007 for the first time since before the September 11 attacks on the United States, the U.S. Commerce Department said on Monday.
Foreign visitor numbers totaled 56.7 million, surpassing the previous record of 51.2 million set in 2000, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said.
"At a time when our economy is sluggish in other parts, such as the housing market, it's great to have a bright spot like tourism that is adding growth and energy and employment to our economy," Gutierrez said.
Foreign visitors also spent a record $122.7 billion in the United States last year, a rise of more than 50 percent from a low set in 2003 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gutierrez said.
The 56.7 million foreigners who visited the United States last year included 17.7 million from Canada, 15.1 million from Mexico and 23.9 million from overseas countries.
Visitor numbers from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, China, South Korea and Australia all set records in 2007, while tourism from Germany, France, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Central America and the Middle East showed strong growth.
Seems to me the only people who hate America are the democrats and terrorists.