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May 10, 2011

United States Travel and Tourism Exports: February 2011

Monthly U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports Continue to Grow

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $11.6 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of February - nearly $970 million more (9%) than was spent in February 2010 - marking the fourteenth straight month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports. Travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, more than $1.0 billion a month in 2011.

  • Travel Receipts: Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $8.9 billion during February, an increase of 7 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 15 percent to $2.7 billion for the month, an increase of $347 million when compared to February 2010.

International visitors have spent an estimated $23.3 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through February), an increase of 10 percent when compared to the same period last.

Americans have spent just over $17.4 billion abroad year to date (up 4%) - resulting in a $5.9 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the first two months of 2011.

Change in U.S. Travel and Tourism-Related Exports

The 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>.