Travel and tourism industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Published by S. Lock, Aug 2, 2019
Travel and tourism is a booming industry in the United States. Domestic and international travelers contributed nearly 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars to the country’s gross domestic product in 2018 alone. Perhaps unsurprisingly, domestic travel spending has consistently contributed more than international, making up around 80 percent of spending year-on-year for the past five years. GDP is not the only aspect of the economy that the travel and tourism industry contributes to, it also provides a source of employment for U.S. residents, directly contributing to approximately 5.29 million jobs in 2017.

For travel spending to occur at all, visitors are required - in 2019 the United States is forecast to receive a total of 80.9 million international visitors. However, while international visitors are a key component in the industry, domestic travelers account for a vast majority of the overall spend. The number of valid passports in circulation in the U.S. may have gone up extensively in the past decade, yet the U.S. still proves a popular travel spot to its own citizens with 1.86 billion domestic leisure trips predicted to be taken in 2019.

Some spots, of course, attract more visitors than others, both international and domestic alike. A hot spot for travelers in the U.S. is New York, the city was ranked in the top 10 cities globally for both number of international arrivals and visitor spending. New York was also the top domestic spot U.S. travelers would most like to visit when asked in 2019 – coming in close second was gambling powerhouse Las Vegas with world famous Orlando/Disney World taking third place. That being said, in terms of types of vacations U.S. travelers like to take, the most popular vacation type for travelers was not city trips or amusement parks but beach vacations, followed by all-inclusive packages.

The Statista Global Consumer Survey offers further information on the travel habits of Americans. Consumer views on purchasing deals, using smartphones during trips and even travel sustainability are just a few examples of the research content. Moreover, detailed statistics on travel choices can be viewed with breakdowns by various target groups, to better understand common practices among both leisure and business travelers. Data regarding online and offline product booking, as well as airline and car rental preferences is also included in the extensive database. For this and more information related to travel behavior refer to Statista’s Global Consumer Survey.

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