Untouchable Washington DC Tourism

Kennedy Center

Tourism officials in Washington say the U.S. economic downturn is forcing  many Americans to scale back and even cancel their traditional vacation plans. But in the nation’s capital, tourist visits are up.

International travelers are behind the surge in tourists visiting Washington, offsetting a drop-off in the number of American tourists visiting the city.

The top nationalities visiting DC are Brits, Germans, Australians, Chinese,  Frenchies, Canadians, and Mexicans

Tourism officials say the increased number of international visitors to the capital area offsets the number of Americans who have cut back on their travel plans due to the economy. Analysts say international tourists also spend more money than American travelers with an average stay of seven nights. In addition to food and lodging, overseas travelers on average spend $2,000.

Washington tourism officials say they expect the remainder of this year to be as good as the past year, with more international tourists visiting the nation’s capital.

Here is a funny version of DC tour I found on youtube 🙂

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