US President Obama recognizes the importance of tourism to US exports
The tourism industry is one of the biggest export industries for the United States.
The tourism industry is one of the biggest export industries for the United States. It has had a trade surplus since 1999, with more visitors to the US spending more money in the United States compared to American travelers spending money in other countries. US President Barack Obama knows this and will visit the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame in picturesque Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday to give a speech on American’s biggest export industry.
The US Department of Commerce mentioned tourism is the sector with the nation’s trade surplus. US Commercial Service office around the world in hand with Brand USA and the US Travel Industry Association are working hard to get even more international travelers to visit the United States of America.
The number of foreign visitors to the US grew by 4.7 percent in 2013 to 69.8 million. Its forecast release last month predicts a 3.5 percent increase in tourists this year to 72.2 million.
“And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America’s attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone,” Obama said in his radio speech this morning.
In March alone, international visitors spent $15.4 billion in the United States.
The president’s visit to upstate New York comes on the heels of his Thursday speech at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, New York.