Travel and Tourism Industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts
The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest industries in the United States, making a total contribution of 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars to GDP in 2015. The industry was forecasted to contribute more than 2.6 trillion U.S. dollars by 2027. Travel and tourism is a reliable and substantial source of employment for U.S. residents, directly providing around 5.5 million jobs annually.
There were 75 million non-resident visitors to the United States in 2015, with New York City proving to be the most popular city destination. Of those visitors, travelers from China contributed the most to international travel spending at around 30 billion U.S. dollars. Visitors for the United States' North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, also spent generously. However, international travel spending was dwarfed by domestic travel spending. In 2016, U.S. residents accounted for almost 80 percent of the total travel expenditures in their country
The most popular vacation type for U.S. travelers was beach vacations in 2017, followed by all inclusive packages. In the same year, around 30 percent of U.S. travelers stated they would like to take a cruise. The United States was the leading source market for cruises in the world in 2015. In comparison to the second largest cruise source market Germany, the United States had over five times more cruise passengers in that year.
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