2012 U.S. Travel And Tourism On The Rise
International visitors to the U.S. spent an estimated $13.7 billion on food, lodging, recreation, entertainment, local transportation, souvenirs and other travel-related items in July 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. That’s a three-percent increase from the same month in 2011.
Travel and tourism spending has increased at a rate of more than $1.1 billion per month between January and July 2012.
The steady increase demonstrates the value of the travel and tourism industry to the U.S. economy, according to the Commerce Department report.
Additional report highlights include:
- International visitors spent $10.5 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services in July 2012 — an increase of four percent from last year.
- International visitors spent $95.4 billion on U.S travel and tourism-related services thus far in 2012 — up more than nine percent from this time last year.
- The travel and tourism industry supported 7.6 million jobs during the second quarter of 2012.
For more on how the Department of Commerce is working to promote travel and tourism within the U.S., visit their website.