Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.5 billion a day, $105.8 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $29,398 a second.

 

 

 

 Leisure Travel
  • Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $644.9 billion in 2014.
  • Spending on leisure travel generated $96.6 billion in tax revenue.
  • More than 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (78%).
  • U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion person‑trips* for leisure purposes in 2014
  • Top leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1) visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4) fine dining; and (5) beaches.

 

 

 Business Travel
  • Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $283.0 billion in 2014
  • ME&I travel accounted for $114.2 billion of all business travel spending.
  • U.S. residents logged 452 million person‑trips* for business purposes in 2014, with 36.7% for meetings and events.
  • For every dollar invested in business travel, businesses benefit from an average of $9.50 in increased revenue and $2.90 in new profits (2012).

*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 2014, U.S. travel exports (travel and passenger fare receipts) totaled $220.8 billion and U.S. travel imports totaled $145.7 billion, creating a trade surplus of $75.1 billion in favor of U.S. exports.
  • The U.S. received 75.0 million international arrivals in 2014. Of those, approximately 34.9 million came from overseas markets, and 40.1 million came from Canada and Mexico.
  • The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.6% (down from 7.5% in 2000).
  • International travel spending directly supported about 1.1 million U.S. jobs and $29.2 billion in wages.
  • Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,400 when they visit the U.S. and stays an average of 18 nights.
  • Overseas arrivals represent 46.6% of all international arrivals, yet account for 79.6% of total U.S. travel exports.
  • 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 home

Source U.S. Travel estimates based on U.S. Department of Commerce - National Travel and Tourism Office