News for the Hospitality Executive
September 21, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that international visitors spent an estimated $13.7 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of July - $350 million (3 percent) more than was spent in July 2011. Travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, more than $1.1 billion a month during the first seven months of 2012.
“The travel data released today shows that tourism remains one of the bright spots in our economy, and the travel and tourism industry is on pace to reach record export levels this year,” said Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. “The Obama Administration's number one priority remains strengthening our economy and creating jobs, and making the U.S. the top destination for international visitors will help us reach that goal.”
International visitors spent an estimated $10.5 billion on travel and tourism-related goods and services while traveling within the United States in July 2012 - an increase of four percent when compared to last year. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel.
Year to date, international visitors have spent an estimated $95.4 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services - an increase of more than nine percent when compared to the same period last year.
Also today, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts estimates for the second quarter of 2012. These accounts present a detailed picture of travel and tourism activity and its role in the U.S. economy, presenting estimates of spending by tourists, or visitors, on six categories of goods and serviced as well as estimates of the employment generated by travel and tourism and their related industries. Today's data reveal that real spending on travel and tourism increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after increasing 4.9 percent (revised) in the first quarter of 2012.
In the second quarter of 2012, the travel and tourism industry supported 7.6 million jobs - with international travel supporting 1.2 million of those jobs.
All of these numbers underscore the importance of the travel and tourism industry to the U.S. economy - and the Administration's efforts to attract more international visitors to the United States - including welcoming them when they arrive.
Also today, the White House released a progress report from the Departments of State and Homeland Security that outlines the activities underway to meet the President's goal of boosting the travel and tourism industry in the United States. This report discusses the steps taken to achieve the President's visa and foreign visitor processing goals and the current progress of these and other measures to significantly bolster international travel and tourism.
These efforts are all part of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, which the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Interior presented to the president in May, as a blueprint to increase international travel to the United States in order to build on this growing sector of the economy. 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, the Commerce Department 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 other services.
To learn more about Commerce's efforts to promote travel and tourism within the U.S., visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/.
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 to 1992, please visit:
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
Commerce Department Data Confirms Record-Setting Pace for International
Visitor Spending in May 2012 / July 2012
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