Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.8 billion a day, $118.2 million an hour, $2.0 million a minute and $32,800 a second.

 

 

 

 Leisure Travel
  • Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $718.4?billion in 2017.
  • Spending on leisure travel generated $112.3 billion in tax revenue.
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (74%).
  • U.S. residents logged 1.8?billion person?trips* for leisure purposes in?2017.
  • Top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1)?visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4)?fine dining; and (5) rural sightseeing.

*Person-trip defined as one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or on a day or overnight trip?to?places 50 miles or more [one-way] away from home

 

 

 Business Travel
  • Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $317.2?billion in 2017.
  • ME&I travel accounted for $131.8 billion of?all business travel spending.
  • U.S. residents logged 463.9?million person?trips* for business purposes in?2017, with 38% for meetings and events.

*Person-trip defined as one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or on a day or overnight trip?to?places 50 miles or more [one-way] away from home

 

 

 International Travel

2016 data**

  • In 2016, U.S. Travel Exports (includes general travel spending, international passenger fares, as well as international traveler spending on medical, educational and crossborder/seasonal work-related activities) totaled $245 billion. International Travel Imports totaled $161 billion, creating a $84 billion travel trade surplus.
  • International arrivals to the U.S. declined by 2.1 percent and totaled 75.9 million in 2016. Of those, approximately 37.6?million came from overseas markets and 38.3?million were?from Canada and Mexico.
  • The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.1% (down?from 7.5% in 2000).
  • International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs?and $32.4?billion in wages.
  • Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,360 when they visit the U.S. and stay on average 18 nights.
  • Overseas arrivals represent 50% of all international arrivals, yet account for 85.3%?of total international travel spending.
  • Top leisure travel activities for overseas visitors: (1)?shopping; (2)?sightseeing; (3)?fine dining; (4)?national parks/monuments; and (5)?amusement/theme parks.

**The latest international visitation data available as of April 2018 was for 2016. Data for 2017 will be updated when available.