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International visitation to the US sets new record

Sixty million international visitors traveled to the United States in 2010, up 9 percent from 2009, according to the Commerce Department.

Furthermore, the number of overseas resident visits (26,000) was up 1 percent from 2000 for the first time. Overseas resident visits were up 11 percent from 2009.

Fourteen of the 15 countries with the most visitors to the United States had more visitors in 2010 than in 2009. Of those 15, the United Kingdom posted a 1 percent decrease.

Nine of those countries had record visitation to the United States: Canada, France, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Italy, the People's Republic of China, India and Colombia.

The National Restaurant Association was a strong supporter of the Travel Promotion Act of 2010, which created the United State's first destination-marketing program to draw more international visitors. International travel to the United States supports more than 1 million travel and tourism jobs, including those in restaurants.

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