“The United States has always been a draw for international tourists, but the huge rebound following the tourism dip caused by the September 11 attacks is significant.
In 2000, 51.2 million international travelers visited the United States. Those numbers dropped by 10 million to a low of 41.2 million by the end of 2003, according to numbers compiled by the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. By the end of 2007, the number of foreign travelers had surpassed even the pre-Sept. 11 highs, with 56 million visitors.”
Check out the videos too. My favorite was (if not only for the title): ‘They come here from Italy to buy Italian things!’
Tourism is not the only area thriving though. We are also shrinking the Trade Deficit. If it were not for the oil prices, we would be moving towards superavit territory soon.
Also, cost of living in the US when compared to the rest of the world is decreasing. NY for instance, is only the 22nd most expensive city in the world (Sao Paulo is 26th!) I can imagine that this will help immigration of wealthy citizens a great deal.