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 462.0 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

  • In 2017, 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 $251 billion. International Travel Imports totaled $174 billion, creating a $77 billion travel trade surplus.
  • The U.S. Travel Association estimates that international arrivals to the U.S. increased by 2.3 percent and totaled 76.5 million in 2017**. Of those, approximately 38.5 million came from overseas markets and 38.0 million were from Canada and Mexico.
  • The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 5.7% (down from 7.5% in 2000).
  • The United States’ share of global long-haul travel is 12% (down from 17% in 2000).
  • International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs and $33.7 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.

** As of August 2018, Department of Commerce visitation statistics for 2017 are not yet available. This Answer Sheet will be updated as soon as this data is released.