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Increasing Travel Can Boost Economy

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05/06/2010

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Travel and tourism is one of the most significant and reliable industries in America. A 1.7 trillion dollar business, more than 10 million people nationwide are directly or indirectly reliant on travel for employment. The U.S. Travel Association reports that direct spending by domestic and international travelers generated 704 billion dollars in the U.S. economy in 2009.

"The travel and tourism industry plays a critical role in helping to strengthen our local economy by
urging people to visit and meet in Delaware and experience all that our state has to offer," says
Governor Jack Markell. "The observation of National Travel and Tourism Week is a good reminder of
the economic opportunity that exists in attracting out-of-state visitors to Delaware."

"Increasing travel and promoting tourism is a proven means to boost the economy, create jobs, and
generate tax revenue," says Linda Parkowski, Director of Tourism. "When people visit the First State,
they spend money on hotels, dining, and attractions which benefits local businesses and the
community."

Delaware receives over 8 million visitors annually. In Delaware, Tourism is a 1.5 billion dollar
business and employs 38,000 people. The Delaware Tourism Office is working diligently to attract
large volumes of out-of-state visitors to Delaware through group tours, meetings and conventions, and
sports events.

After several consecutive years of declining travel, the U.S. Travel Association is projecting modest
increases in leisure and business travel in 2010 and anticipates the creation of 90,000 new jobs. The
U.S. Travel Association projects 1.95 billion domestic person-trips will take place in 2010, a 2 percent
increase from 2009. International travelers are expected to total 56.5 million this year, indicating an
increase of close to 3 percent from last year, according to U.S. Travel.

The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., a division of the Delaware Economic
Development Office, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit
the official Delaware Tourism website at www.visitdelaware.com or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.

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