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International visitor spending in US up nearly 2 bn dollars

Dec 28, 2010

The US Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated US$11.9 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of October - nearly US$1.8 billion more (18%) than was spent in October 2009 - marking the tenth straight month of growth in US travel and tourism exports. Total travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, US$1.4 billion a month in 2010.

Travel Receipts
Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled US$9.1 billion during October, an increase of 13% when compared to last year. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel.

Passenger Fare Receipts
Fares received by US carriers (and US vessel operators) from international visitors increased by nearly 34 percent to US$2.8 billion for the month, an increase of US$709 million when compared to October 2009.

International visitors have spent an estimated US$111.5 billion on US travel and tourism-related goods and services year to date (January through October), an increase of 11 percent when compared to the same period last year and the sixth consecutive month of double-digit growth.

Americans have spent just over US$85.8 billion abroad year to date (up 4%) - resulting in a US$25.7 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the first ten months of 2010.

About OTTI
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the US Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit:

International visitor spending in US up nearly 2 bn dollars
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