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Travel and Tourism Spending Accelerated in the Fourth Quarter of 2013

Real spending on travel and tourism accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2013, increasing at an annual rate of 4.2 percent after increasing 3.1 percent (revised) in the third quarter of 2013.

Real Tourism Spending.  Real spending on “traveler accommodations” accelerated, increasing 14.5 percent in the fourth quarter after increasing 3.3 percent in the third quarter. The increase was primarily driven by group and corporate revenue growth. Real spending on “food services and drinking places” also accelerated, increasing 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter after no change in the third quarter.RealTourismSpending_4q13

Tourism Prices.  Prices for “traveler accommodations” decreased 8.0 percent in the fourth quarter, after decreasing 3.0 percent in the third quarter. In contrast, prices for “passenger air transportation” accelerated, increasing 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter after increasing 5.7 percent in the third quarter. Strong holiday demand was reflected by an increase in passenger unit revenue.TourismPrices_4q13

Tourism Employment.  Employment in the travel and tourism industries accelerated in the fourth quarter, increasing 2.8 percent after increasing 1.8 percent in the third quarter.  The primary contributors to the acceleration in employment were increases in “recreation, entertainment, and shopping” and “transportation.”TourismEmployment_4q13

To learn more, read the full report.

Attention BEA Data Hounds: Our Interactive Tables Look a Little Different, But They Function the Same Way

Eagle-eyed folks using our interactive data tables have probably noticed they look a tad different.

Despite some differences in the way they look, BEA’s interactive data tables operate in the same way.

The changes are part of a BEA upgrade to the next generation of language used to create Web pages, called HTML5. This upgrade will make it easier for BEA to develop applications that are more robust and design Web pages that are more responsive to our online visitors.

The design changes are a shift in look and feel for parts of our interactive database entry points, but are not a redesign of the entire database itself.  How BEA’s data is developed and disseminated didn’t change.

When you click on the interactive tab at the top of BEA’s home page, this is what you’ll see:1

The groupings seen in blue are the same as before the upgrade. The difference: They are displayed in different colors and moved to the right-hand side of the page. By clicking on one of the blue buttons, you will begin your journey to the interactive tables.2

As was the case before the upgrade, you’ll click on the blue “Begin using the data” button to continue your journey to the interactive data tables.  Before the upgrade, this button was in the middle of your computer screen.

You also will notice that the icons look different—although they perform the same functions as before.34

In an effort to build a responsive design, some of the option windows display all options on one page. Scrolling down will show more options if they are applicable.5

For more information, questions can be sent to customerservice@bea.gov.