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February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10% increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The greatest increase in visitors and spending came from countries with a burgeoning middle class, including China, Brazil and India. Spending by foreign tourists has been on the rise for the last three years, with tourist hubs such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco reaping much of the spending, Blank said.
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NEWS
June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
James Hormel was sworn in as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador after a two-year delay caused by fierce opposition among conservative lawmakers and some Christian groups. Hormel took the oath of office to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a Department of State ceremony attended by many supporters, including his former wife, Alice, his five children and his partner, Timothy Wu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will visit California troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after completing his trip to Israel this weekend, his office said. The office has revealed few details about the visit, which will extend Schwarzenegger's first foreign trip since he took office in November.
NEWS
September 19, 1985 | Associated Press
Sixty percent of the federal officials getting free transportation between home and office in the first half of 1985 were not entitled to the benefit, congressional investigators said today. The General Accounting Office reported that of the 128 officials provided with government vehicles for commuting, some of them with chauffeurs, 79 had no legal basis for the transportation.
NEWS
November 10, 2005
Cindy Chang's review of Leimert Park ["Feeling the Pulse of a Neighborhood," Nov. 3] left me feeling like I had just received a U.S. Department of State travel warning rather than a positive evaluation of retail and dining establishments. No one in their right mind would patronize a restaurant in an area where a writer has characterized it as a place where one is "feeling a physical threat real or imagined." Even though Ms. Chang was expressing the paranoia of her date, she was guilty of aiding and abetting by incorporating his anxiety into the review.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2002
"U.S. Diplomacy Gets a Little Help From Artists" (Diane Haithman, Sept. 13) belies the much greater problem, which is that artists get no help from the government. While the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies Program is a viable and worthwhile effort, the weak link in its chain is the complete absence of funds for paying an honorarium to the artists whose work is so honored. This gap reflects the notion that artists have no need of financial support for their careers, and that recognition is an adequate substitute for the monetary return that every other hard-working professional in America expects for their work.
NEWS
November 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Possibly for the benefit of adventurers out of touch with the news, the U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to Afghanistan because of war, banditry, political instability and an acute food shortage. "The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan," it said in a warning of the kind routinely issued for trouble spots abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1987
An article in the Aug. 25 Valley edition, entitled "Police Explode Facsimile Bomb in Canoga Park," refers to the "consulate of the small Soviet state of Estonia." This designation is grossly erroneous. The Soviet Union forcibly and illegally occupied the independent Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during World War II. The United States, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Costa Rica and most other countries have refused to recognize the Soviet annexations of the Baltic States.
NEWS
February 26, 1994 | Reuters
The United States warned Americans traveling in Israel to stay out of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after Friday's fatal shootings of 48 Arabs praying in a Hebron mosque. The State Department also cautioned Americans to exercise caution when traveling throughout the Middle East and Europe.
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