When you are a traveler and you want to stay in touch with people back home or you need to communicate with people at your destination there are rental options for cell phones you should know about. The rentals can be specific to the country that you are visiting or they can be much larger than that. Some international cell phone rental companies can give you access to make and receive phone calls in a global scale, but who could benefit from having an international SIM card in their cell phones. The truth is that if you are an avid traveler then the benefits that you would get could be many.Visiting Several CountriesThere are many people who like to visit several countries in one trip and they can benefit greatly from an international cell phone rental. The phone that you get will work in several countries meaning that you will mostly remain well communicated when traveling abroad. When you cross from one country to the next the phone and the international SIM card know that they have to switch to the new local carrier and you will not have to do a thing. You will also not have to worry about charges because the phone is prepaid so you will only be spending the money that you have budgeted for your trip.Business TravelersBusiness travelers can also see a lot of benefit from a rental cell phone. As a business professional you already know that being reached no matter where you are can be the difference between a successful trip and one that only causes loses. You have to consider that in a business trip you will probably want to dedicate some time to see some of the sights in the country you are in or even neighboring countries. You want to make sure that no matter what you decide to do that people are always one phone call away from getting you on the phone so that you do not encounter any loses from your side trip.Those Who Want To SaveIf you want to remain in touch, and save at the same time then you need an international SIM card and a rental phone. Getting this type of deal usually means that you will have free incoming text messages as well as free incoming calls. That is of course not the only way that you save money. You also get to save due to the fact that you will not have to purchase any equipment or agree to a plan that may be charging you more than what you are using. When you are done with traveling you will not see a fee for breaking a contract because there is no extended contract.Meeting People While TravelingIf you are meeting people while you are traveling to different countries then this type of service is a great option. Sometimes you will have groups of friends traveling through the same area, but separately. You can arrange to meet people and friends by using a rental cell phone. The phone will allow you to always find the friends you are planning to meet and you will not have to search for a pay phone that when you find it may or may not be in working order.
International tourism to the United States declined to a low of 41.2 million in 2003 as the world became more cautious in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since that time, the number or international travelers to the United States has increased every year, with the exception of 2009. The blip in the overall upward trend can be attributed to the worst economic downturn in the U.S. since the Great Depression of the early 1930s.Projections from the U.S. Commerce Department’s spring 2012 Travel and Tourism Forecast, suggest that 65.4 million foreign visitors will travel to the United States, for business or pleasure, in calendar year 2012. That represents a little over a 5 percent increase when compared to the 2011 total of 62 million international visitors.While it is nice that so many people want to visit America, the real impact of growth in international tourism is the positive effect it has on our economy. International tourist spending in the U.S. reached a record $153 billion for 2011. Combined international and domestic tourism spending provided over 100,000 new jobs for people in the travel and tourism industry. Of the 7.6 million jobs related to travel and tourism in the United States, 1.2 million of those are supported by international visitors.Tourist spending in the U.S. is spread out in many sectors of our economy. Hotels in top international destination cities like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, generate a good portion of their revenue by providing accommodations to guests from abroad. Restaurants, local attractions, shops and the transportation industry, all benefit when there are more tourists in town who are ready, willing and able to spend money.The U.S Commerce Department report is making some very positive predictions about growth trends through the year 2016. By the end of 2016, it is expected that the annual number of international travelers to the United States will reach 76 million before leveling off in 2017. The approximate 14 million visitor increase represents an annual growth rate in international tourism of between 4-5 percent.While people visit the United States from every country in the world, the neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico are, by far the two greatest sources of international tourism. In 2011, 21 million Canadians crossed our northern border and spent time in the United States. Mexico was a clear second with 13 million visitors. Coming in third was the United Kingdom, where 3.8 million individuals crossed the Atlantic Ocean on holiday or for business in the United States.Projected growth in the number of visitors from different regions of the world, during the five year period ending in 2016, will be strongest in Asia. Asia is expected to grow by 49% and will be closely followed by a growth rate of 47% from South America and Africa. The Caribbean region is only expected to grow by about 9%.Broken down by country, China, with a projected U.S. tourist growth rate of 198% is more than two and one half times the 70% robust growth rate from Brazilian travelers. Rounding out the top five highest expected growth rates are Argentina, with 46%, Australia, with 45% and Korea and Venezuela tied with 35%.While growth rates vary from region to region and country to country, North America will still represent the largest proportion of the 14 million expected increase in visitors. More than 4.4 million visitors from Canada and over 1.5 million visitors from Mexico will account for 42% of the 14 million foreign visitors over the next few years.Asia, led by China’s 2.16 million travelers should contribute about 25% of the future growth rate and South America, led by slightly more than 1 million Brazilian visitors, will account for 13% of growth. Western Europe adds 11% and all other countries will represent the remaining 9% of foreign travelers to the United States.China is perhaps the most important country for giving the U.S. economy a boost from international tourism. In 2011, Chinese tourists spent an average of 11 days in the United States and spent over $7,000 per person while visiting our nation. Conversely, U.S. tourists to China spent an average of 12 days on vacation and spent approximately $2,300 per person during their visit.It is a very positive sign for the United States economy that more people than ever are coming to this country and spending their dollars here. Canada and Mexico, because of their close proximity to the U.S., will always have the greatest number of tourists. Other areas like South America and China will continue to grow, and Western Europe will send more visitors our way once their economy gets a little healthier.