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June 04, 2010

International Visitors Spending in the United States: March 2010

Largest Increase in Monthly U.S. Travel and Tourism-Related Exports since August 08

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $10.8 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of March—nearly $1.1 billion more (11%) than was spent in March 2009—marking the second consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports.

  • Travel Receipts: Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $8.4 billion during March, an increase of nearly 13 percent when compared to last year. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel.

  • Passenger Fare Receipts: Fares received by U.S. carriers (and U.S. vessel operators) from international visitors increased by nearly 6 percent to $2.4 billion for the month, an increase of $126 million for the month when compared to last year.

International visitors have spent nearly $31.8 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through March), an increase of 4 percent compared to the same period last year. Americans have increased their spending, too, spending nearly $25.5 billion abroad year to date—resulting in a $6.3 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism.

Changes in 'U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports'
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (May 2010).

The U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit:
< http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/download_data_table/Monthly_Exports_Imports_Balance.xls >.