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City trips in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest in the world with a total contribution to GDP of 1.57 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 2.4 billion U.S. dollars by 2028.

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 2017, New York was the most popular city destination in the U.S. for international visitors, followed by Miami, Orlando, and Las Vegas. In the same year, New York was ranked as the sixth most popular city worldwide, in first place was Bangkok.

Las Vegas and New York were the top domestic city destinations that U.S. travelers wanted to visit in 2017. The cost of visiting cities is not always small. International visitors spent 16.1 billion U.S. dollars when visiting New York, which alongside Boston is one of the most expensive cities for hotels in the United States.


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