U.S. welcomed record number of foreigners last year

04/13/2009 | USA Today

More than 50 million foreigners took a trip to the U.S. in 2008, with more than half of them coming from Mexico and Canada, according to government reports. Despite the record numbers, the U.S. Travel Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce say that some foreigners avoid visiting the U.S. because of perceived issues with obtaining visas and getting through airport security. "They do not see it as a welcoming destination," said Angelo Amador, the chamber's immigration policy director. "If you look at the global travel market as a whole, travel and tourism have been going up, but our market share has been shrinking."

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