Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $3.0 billion a day, $124.3 million an hour, $2.1 million a minute and $34,500 a second.

 

 

 

 Leisure Travel
  • Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $761.7 billion in 2018.
  • Spending on leisure travel generated $117.4 billion in tax revenue.
  • 4 out of 5 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (80%).
  • U.S. residents logged 1.8 billion person‐trips* for leisure purposes in 2018.
  • 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 $327.3 billion in 2018.
  • ME&I travel accounted for $135.9 billion of all business travel spending.
  • U.S. residents logged 463.6 million person‐trips* for business purposes in 2018, 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

  • In 2018, U.S. Travel Exports (includes general travel spending, international passenger fares, as well as international traveler spending on medical, educational and cross‐ border/seasonal work‐related activities) totaled $256 billion. International Travel Imports totaled $186 billion, creating a $69 billion travel trade surplus.
  • International arrivals to the U.S. totaled approximately 80 million in 2018, about half of whom came from overseas.
  • The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 5.6% (down from 6.4% in 2015).
  • The United States’ share of global long‐haul travel is 11.7% (down from 13.7% in 2015).
  • International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs and $33.4 billion in wages.
  • Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,200 when they visit the U.S. and stays on average 18 nights.
  • Overseas arrivals represent about half of all international arrivals, yet account for 84% 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.