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June 22, 2010

International Visitor Spending in the United States: April 2010

Fourth Consecutive Month of Growth in U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $10.9 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of April - nearly $730 million more (7%) than was spent in April 2009 - marking the fourth consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports. Monthly international visitor spending has increased, on average, $508 million a month in 2010.

  • Travel Receipts: Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $8.4 billion during April, an increase of nearly 8 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 $132 million when compared to April 2009.

International visitors have spent more than $42.8 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through April), an increase of 5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Americans have increased their spending ever-so-slightly in 2010, too, spending more than $33.9 billion abroad year to date (up 1%) - resulting in an $8.9 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism.

Change in 'U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports'
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis (June 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>.