The U.S. tourism industry grew 6.7 percent in 2004 led by sales of food, airline travel, recreation and entertainment goods, the government said on Monday.


The U.S. Commerce Department said tourism sales in 2004 rose to $960.7 billion from $900.0 billion in 2003, the third straight annual increase in sales of travel-related goods and services.


Hotel accommodations, airfares and souvenirs accounted for $548.6 billion of the total, while toiletries for hotel guests, airline meals and the materials used to create souvenirs made up $412.1 billion of the total.


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