A Battered Buck Brings Back Tourists

The weak greenback is turning the post-September 11 tide and boosting visitors to the U.S. -- despite irksome security measures

The cheap dollar gave Benjamin Atkins a nice present on a December trip to the U.S. The British visitor exchanged 800 euros for $900, garnering 30% more than he would have had when the greenback peaked a few years ago. That allowed Atkins and his wife, Shannon, to go on a buying spree, snatching up Christmas gifts for others and clothes for themselves. "It's always nice when you get more for your money than the last time you came," he says.

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