Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.6 billion a day, $108.1 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $30,033 a second.
- Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015.
- Spending on leisure travel generated $99.6 billion in tax revenue.
- Nearly 4 out of 5 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (79%).
- U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion person‑trips* for leisure purposes in 2015
- Top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1) visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4) fine dining; and (5) beaches.
- Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $296.3 billion in 2015
- ME&I travel accounted for $121.9 billion of all business travel spending.
- U.S. residents logged 459 million person‑trips* for business purposes in 2015, with 37% 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
- In 2015, 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 $246 billion. International Travel Imports totaled $148 billion, creating a $98 billion travel trade surplus.
- The U.S. received 77.5 million international arrivals in 2015. Of those, approximately 38.4 million came from overseas markets, and 39.1 million came from Canada and Mexico.
- The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.5% (down from 7.5% in 2000).
- International travel spending directly supported about 1.1 million U.S. jobs and $28.4 billion in wages in 2015.
- Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,400 when they visit the U.S. and stays an average of 18 nights.
- Overseas arrivals represent 49.5% of all international arrivals, yet account for 80.5% of total international travel spending.
- Top leisure activities for overseas visitors: (1) shopping, (2) sightseeing; (3) fine dining; (4) national parks/monuments and (5) amusement/theme parks.
*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 homeSource U.S. Travel estimates based on U.S. Department of Commerce - National Travel and Tourism Office