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Tourism helps make august the most popular month to dine out

According to the National Restaurant Association, people spend roughly eight percent more on food prepared away from home in August…

According to the National Restaurant Association, people spend roughly eight percent more on food prepared away from home in August than they do in an average month, making it the most popular month for dining out (followed by July, May and June).



Tableservice restaurants derive roughly one-third of their revenue from tourism, and more than two-thirds of tableservice operators say that tourists are important to their business.



August is a time when many people take vacations, travel and dine out, said Steven C. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association. The restaurant industry helps fuel the travel-and-tourism industry, emphasizing the fact that restaurants are the cornerstone of the nation`s economy.



According to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA<.>A), travel and tourism generates an annual balance of trade surplus of $14 billion, making travel and tourism one of our nation`s biggest exports. In 2000, travel and tourism generated approximately $93 billion in tax revenue for federal, state and local governments. Eighteen million Americans are employed directly or indirectly in travel and tourism-related jobs, and travel and tourism is the first, second or third largest industry in 28 states.



Domestic and foreign travelers will spend an estimated overall $584 billion while on the road in 2001. People spend more money on dining out than on lodging, shopping, sightseeing, and report that dining out is the most popular activity for tourists after they reach their destination.



The National Restaurant Association, founded in 1919, is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which is comprised of 844,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of 11.3 million employees. Along with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to represent, educate and promote the rapidly growing industry.

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