Number of visitors to the U.S. from China 2003-2024

 In 2018, there were almost three million visitors from China to the U.S, representing a 5.7 percent decrease from the previous year. This figure was forecasted to rise above 3.5 million in 2024.

Tourism in United States

  Currently, the United States had almost 40 million overseas visitors, where the majority of visitors to the United States came from the North American countries Canada and Mexico, with China being the second biggest group of Asian tourists, right after Japan. However, in terms of travel spending in the United States, Chinese tourists were estimated to have spent more than Mexican or Canadian tourists, explaining the increasingly important role played by Chinese tourists among other international tourists.

The outbound tourism from China

   In the past decade, the number of outbound Chinese tourists has soared threefold, with vast majority of the trips for private purpose. United States was among one of the popular international travel destinations for the generation Y in China back in a few years, despite Thailand and Japan still being much popular potentially due to the shorter distance to travel. Chinese tourists also became more willing to spend when they travel, as showed by the generally growing share of outbound tourism expenditure in China’s GDP.

Number of visitors to the United States from China from 2003 to 2024

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Release date

October 2019


China, United States

Survey time period

2002 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Forecasts.
Figures have been rounded. Figures for 2002 to 2015 come from earlier releases.

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