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Travel and Leisure
Travel and leisure represent one of the largest service industries in the United States. Total 2011 expenditures for domestic and international travelers in the United States were more than $813 billion, according to the U.S. Travel Association, including food services, lodging, transportation, recreation and amusement, and retail sales. The International Trade Administration (ITA), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, reports that international visitors spent a record-breaking $153 billion in the United States in 2011, an increase of 14 percent over the previous year. U.S. residents traveling abroad spent $110 billion in 2011, for an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.