The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest in the world with a total contribution to GDP of 1.54 trillion U.S. dollars in the United States alone. With travel destinations becoming increasingly accessible, the contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP of the U.S. is forecasted to rise to 2.65 billion U.S. dollars by 2026.
The beach remains the most popular type of destination for travelers in the U.S. but city trips were not far behind. In 2017, 29 percent of respondents stated they would like to vacation in a city location. In 2015, Orlando, Florida was the most popular domestic city for a summer vacation, followed by Las Vegas, San Francisco and Ney York. In the same year, the most popular international city for a summer vacation was London, Rome and Paris.
The cost of visiting cities is not always small. New York City and San Francisco were the most expensive U.S. cities in terms of hotel costs in 2015 with average daily rates of 254 and 221 U.S. dollars, respectively. And it is not just accommodation that can be costly for tourist – 24 percent of U.S. travelers would be willing to spend up to 500 U.S. dollars on trip activities during week long vacation, with a further 16 percent prepared to pay more than 500 U.S. dollars.
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