Impact of International Visitor Spending on State Economies (Economic Impact) Program


International visitor spending in the U.S., excluding the U.S. territories, totaled nearly $61 billion in 1995, an all-time high. International spending increased 6.2 percent from $57 billion spent in 1994.

Payroll earned by employees directly supported by international visitors totaled nearly $16.3 billion in 1995, up 4.4 percent over 1994.

International visitor spending generated 971.2 thousand jobs in the U.S. during 1995. Nearly 304 thousand (31.3%) of these jobs were in foodservice, and additional 285.7 thousand were in the lodging industry.

Employment generated by international spending increased 1.3 percent in 1995.

International visitors generated over $8.4 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in 1995, an increase of 4.3 percent over 1994. Federal tax collections from international visitors totaled more than $4.7 billion in 1995 to lead all levels of government.

Japanese visitors spent nearly $11.8 billion in the U.S. during 1995, 21.2 percent of the total ($55.5 billion), to lead all countries of origin. The United Kingdom ranked second, with travel expenditures in the U.S. totaling nearly $6.7 billion.

Florida received nearly $12.0 billion in international expenditures during 1995 to lead all states. California ranked second with over $11.6 billion, followed by New York with nearly $7.9 billion. These three states combined for over half of all international visitor spending in the United States.

Ten states plus the District of Columbia received more than $1 billion in travel spending from international visitors in 1995.




International visitors supported 971 thousand jobs in the U.S. in 1995 by spending $63.4 billion. These jobs covered a wide-spectrum of industries (airlines, hotels, restaurants) and levels (entry level, management).

In 1995, international visitor expenditures from the top four tourist generating countries; Japan, U.K., Canada and Germany, totaled nearly 28 billion, 44 percent of the total.

The top four countries each supported over 70 thousand U.S. jobs in 1995.

Country Expenditures Job Supported*

($ Million)


Total $63,395 971
Japan $11,760 171
U.K. $ 6,662 117
Canada $ 5,118 83
Germany $ 4,212 72
Mexico $ 2.857 43
Brazil $ 2,389 37
France $ 2,063 34
Australia $ 1,639 28
Venezuela $ 1,384 22
Switzerland $ 1,323 22

Source: Tourism Industries, ITA, DOC

Note: * Total may not match those in tables 13-15 due to rounding.