International travel to the US slumps for first time since 2009

Published on : Saturday, August 12, 2017

Manhattan-New-York-City-United-States-Alstom-FeatureFor the very first time since 2009, the number of international travellers heading to the United States has slumped and so did their spending, as per the US Department of Commerce that declared it on Friday.


In the year 2016, 75.6 million international travellers had ventured towards this region marking a two percent drop from the last year.


Moreover, their spending has also dropped by 1% to $244.7 billion.


These figures are responsible for the people travelling to the US for corporate, leisure, medical and educational reasons.


However, travel and tourism continued to be the largest services export out of the US, comprising 33% of services exports as well as 11% overall. The department states that according to the preliminary data in 2017, there has been a rise in the number of visitors heading to the US.


Also, the US visitations and tourism spending from China has been attributed to about $33 billion, Mexico to about $20.2 billion, India to nearly $13.6 billion and South Korea by $8.6 billion.


However, it has declined in the other leading markets.


Canada sends the maximum travellers to the US. However, the overall tourists from there have actually dropped by more than 6% annually for continuous three years.


The US Commerce Department states that the tourism sector of this part of the world accounts for 2.7% of GDP and 7.6 million jobs.


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