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 $716.7?billion in 2017.
  • Spending on leisure travel generated $111.9 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 $319.2?billion in 2017.
  • ME&I travel accounted for $131.9 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.
  • International arrivals to the U.S. increased by 0.7 percent and totaled 76.9 million in 2017. Of those, approximately 38.9 million came from overseas markets (up 2.0% from 2016) and 38.0 million were from Canada and Mexico.
  • The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 5.8% (down from 7.5% in 2000).
  • The United States’ share of global long-haul travel is 12.2% (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 $4,200 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.