News for the Hospitality Executive
WASHINGTON - July 18, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Commerce today released data showing that international visitors spent an estimated $13.9 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in May 2012-$1 billion, or 8 percent, more than what was spent in May 2011. Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced the new data during a Travel and Tourism Advisory Board meeting in Dearborn, MI, where she joined federal agency partners, in addition to U.S. Representative John Dingell (D-MI), for a meeting with Board members to discuss the Obama administration's ongoing efforts to increase travel and tourism to the U.S.
"The new international spending numbers mark 29 consecutive months of growth in the travel and tourism sector. Tourism remains a high-growth bright spot in our economy, and we're on pace for yet another record year," said Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. "The Obama administration's number one priority remains strengthening our economy and creating jobs, and we will continue doing everything possible to make the U.S. even more welcoming to visitors to support even more American jobs."
During the board meeting, members discussed implementation of the recently released National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The National Strategy is a blueprint for the Federal government to welcome 100 million international visitors each year by the end of 2021. The visitors would spend an estimated $250 billion per year, supporting more jobs and spurring economic growth in communities across the country.
The data announced today shows that purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors to the United States totaled $10.6 billion during May. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel. Fares received by U.S. carriers from international visitors also increased by more than 8 percent to $3.3 billion for the month.
The U.S. travel and tourism industry is on pace for a record-setting year-international visitors have spent an estimated $68.4 billion thus far in 2012, an increase of 12 percent when compared to the same five-month period last year. Americans have also spent nearly $50 billion abroad year to date-resulting in an $18.4 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism through the first five months of 2012. These positive trends are helping to advance the President's National Export Initiative goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014.
As part of initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the U.S., President Obama in January created a Task Force for Travel and Competitiveness to build on this momentum and continue to create jobs. The announcement charged the Commerce and Interior Department secretaries with developing a National Strategy, which the departments presented to President Obama in May. The strategy lays out concrete steps to be taken in five key areas, in addition to the goal of increasing international visitors to the United States. As part of those efforts, Commerce's International Trade Administration is continuing to supply the travel and tourism industry with important data, including international arrivals to the U.S., the forecast of international travel to America for more than 30 countries, and estimates of the total impact of travel and tourism on the economy, among others.
To learn more about Commerce's ongoing efforts to promote international travel and tourism, visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/. For more information about the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, including a full list of Board members, visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/TTAB/TTAB_Home.html.
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System.
For more travel and tourism-related trade data dating as far back as 1960, please visit: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/reports/recpay/index.html.
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 1003
Washington, DC 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Fax: (202) 482-2887
Department of Commerce Sponsored Travel Trade Barometer Survey
Indicates Travel to the U.S. from the U.K. to Remain Flat while Travel
from Germany will Show Solid Growth / July 2012
Travel and Tourism Report Highlights 2011 Increased Spending of
International Visitors to the U.S. by 14% when Compared to 2010;
Previous Spending Record Set in 2008 Broken by $11.6 Billion / June
by International Visitors to the U.S. Surges by $1.5 Billion in March,
a 13% Increase Over March 2011 / May 2012
a Record-breaking 2011, the Growth for U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports
Continues into 2012; U.S. Department of Commerce Report Shows
International Visitor Spending Increase of 7% in January 2012 Over 2011
/ April 2012
S. Department of Commerce Figures Show Travel and Tourism-related
Exports have Increased, on Average, More than $1.5 billion a Month in
2011; When Year-end Results Compiled Tourism Industry Exports will Set
all-time Record for the Year / February 2012
U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Details for the FY 2012 Market
Development Cooperator Program Grant Award Competition; Grant
Applications Due February 21, 2012 / January 2012
with Presidential Visit, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson
Welcomes 32 New Travel and Tourism Advisory Board Members / January
Obama Takes Actions to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United
States; Launches Initiatives Aimed at Improving Secure Visa Processing
and Better Promoting the U.S. as a Tourism Destination / January
U.S. Department of Commerce Reports Third Quarter 2011 as the Sixth
Consecutive Quarter of Growth in Travel and Tourism-related Employment
/ January 2012
Spending by International Visitors to the U.S. Through October 2011
Increased 14% Over the Same Period in 2010; Industry on Pace to Set
All-Time Record for Tourism-Related Exports / December 2011
Scheduled to Provide Analysis of Russian Inbound Tourism to the United
States, One of the Fastest Growing Tourism Markets; Hosted by U.S.
Department of Commerce, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries and
the Commercial Service Travel & Tourism Team / December 2011
Department of Commerce, Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
Releases The Year in Review Report for 2010; Markedly Improved 2010
Data Suggests Economic Recovery Has Begun for the Industry /
- One Week Remains - Department of Commerce Seeking Applications for
Membership on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; Application
Window Closes on Friday, September 16, 2011 / September 2011
of Commerce Seeking Applications for Membership on the U.S. Travel and
Tourism Advisory Board; Application Deadline September 16, 2011 /
Department of Commerce Sponsored China Travel Trade Barometer Survey
Reports Increase in Bookings from China to the U.S. in Second Quarter
of 2011 and Projects Bookings to Remain Strong Through the Fourth
Quarter / July 2011
Department Of Commerce Posts Request For Proposals From Vendors for the
Administration of the Survey of International Air Travelers Program;
RFP Packages Due August 8, 2011 / July 2011
Travel and Tourism Report Highlights Increased Spending of
International Visitors to the U.S. by $134.4 Billion in 2010 Compared
to 2009 / May 2011
Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts Reports Fourth Quarter 2010;
Fourth Consecutive Quarter of Growth for Travel and Tourism Spending
/ May 2011
Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts Reports First Quarter 2010;
Growth of Travel and Tourism Spending Outpaced the Growth of U.S.
Economy / July 2010
Department of Commerce Reports that International Visitors to the U.S.
Up 22% in February 2010, the Fifth Straight Month of Increases;
Spending at $10.5 billion for the Month / May 2010
Department of Commerce Reports that International Visitors to the U.S.
Up 10% in January 2010, the Fourth Straight Month of Increases;
Spending at $10.3 billion for the Month / April 2010
Department of Commerce Reports that U.S. International Air Travel
Abroad Down 3% in 2009 / April 2010