TravelBizNews Desk —
Washington: The US National Travel and Tourism Office announced that international visitors spent more than $20.8 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in January, an increase of one percent ($220 million) when compared to January 2016.
International visitors spent $246.0 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services in 2016, an ever-so-slight decrease (0.10%) when compared to record-setting levels of spending in 2015; conversely, Americans have spent an estimated $158.9 billion abroad, yielding a balance of trade surplus of nearly $87.1 billion for the year.
According to a statement issued by US National Travel and Tourism Office , purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $12.8 billion during January,
These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel.Travel receiptsaccounted for 61 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports in January.
Likewise, fares received by U.S. carriers from international visitors totaled $3.4 billion for the month, a decrease of 1 percent when compared to January 2016.Passenger fare receipts accounted for 16 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports in January.
March 22 , 2017